More police camps set up in MRC turf
Posted Monday, July 23 2012 at 23:30
- Officers put on red alert in Coast ahead of ruling on outlawed group’s case challenging the outlaw tag
The government has set up additional police camps in Kwale County and posted more officers on the ground as it intensifies surveillance on the activities of the outlawed Mombasa Republican Council.
Two stations for General Service Unit and Administration Police have been established at Kombani — an area perceived to be a key bastion of the proscribed group.
The move comes against a backdrop of relentless campaigns by the group to rally residents to shun next year’s General Election.
Last week, individuals believed to be part of the group distributed posters and fliers in several villages in Kwale and Matuga divisions, urging locals to keep off any pre-election activities the government seeks to involve them in.
Police officers and security agents moved in fast and confiscated the posters and launched a manhunt for the people suspected to be behind the distribution of the papers last Thursday and Saturday.
Kwale deputy police chief Kipkemoi Sang on Monday told the Nation that police were looking for those who dumped the papers in the villages.
At the same time, police and the provincial administration are on a red alert ahead of Wednesday’s determination of a case in Mombasa, in which MRC had challenged its banning by the State, according to Coast Provincial Administration Police Commandant Jones Kavoi.