Security tightened over fears of MRC re-emergence

Graffiti on a wall written by suspected members of the group in 2014./FILE

Mombasa,KENYA:Security has been tightened in Likoni,Mombasa county following  reports that some men suspected to have links with Mombasa republican council MRC were spotted in Soweto area were suspected to be on a mission to take an oath of allegiance to the separatist group.

The suspects, six in number and wore red ribbons in their heads were spotted by residents who alerted police on Saturday at around 9pm.

A contingent of police arrived in the area to arrest the suspects but they  had vanished. No one was arrested, according to police sources.

Likoni deputy police chief Anthony Shimoli confirmed there were such claims but no one has been arrested so far,adding that they have increased police patrols in the entire Likoni to avert any crime.

“We received information from public that there were suspicious characters but when we arrived we didn’t find anything.we even combed the entire place but nothing was found,”said mr Shimoli.

Other sources revealed to Baraka fm the suspects have been converging in Pungu Villa area in the early morning hours where they hold  meetings before they disperse for the day.

Sources added that they did not know what they discussed during the meetings.

The development comes just a week after the Nairobi senator Gideon Mbuvi (Mike Sonko) urged  a court in Mombasa to excuse him from the outlawed group’s leader Omar Mwamnuadzi’s surety .

Sonko told the court that he had sent private investigators to Tanzania to look for the leader who has been missing since April last year to no avail.