Mr Omar Mwamnuadzi is the latest Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) leader to be arrested in the ongoing crackdown on the secessionist movement. That is as it should.
Surprisingly, Muslims for Human Rights wants the crackdown halted arguing that MRC is a legal group following its recognition by the courts. That is persuasive but not entirely.
Legal groups do not engage in illegal activities; they toe the line and if they don’t, they face the full force of the law. Notably, MRC is being accused of planning to disrupt national examinations at the Coast and even the General Election next year.
The group has also been associated with some nasty incidents, among them the violence that led to the killing of Cabinet Minister Amason Kingi’s bodyguard.
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While MRC has a right to demand for justice for Coastals and even to argue its case for secession, it has no right at all to engage in criminal activities. It has no right to punish innocent citizens, and as long as Pwani ni Kenya, must face the music in accordance with the law.