, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 20 – President Mwai Kibaki has once again warned the Mombasa Republican Council that his government will not tolerate calls for secession.
The president, who spoke when he led the nation in commemorating Mashujaa Day, warned that his administration will not tolerate any groups that threaten the country’s security.
“As a government we will take firm and decisive action in dealing with those who have issued threats of secession or those who threaten our security. Kenya is one unitary state. The Constitution is clear on that and so is our history. Let us learn from that history and not seek to distort it and let us respect our Constitution,” he warned.
“Let it be known to those who seek to harm us that we will not relent in the work we have begun. We shall get the job done, until we have order and security,” further warned the president saying that he intends to abide by the oath he took to defend the Constitution and the people of Kenya.
President Kibaki spoke a day after a magistrate in Mombasa declared the MRC unlawful and ordered the police to arraign all its leaders in court to face charges of being members of the banned group.
Mombasa Chief Magistrate Stephen Riech who declared the group illegal following a successful application by the State, said all its leaders – including those who are in remand after failing to raise bonds of Sh2 million each for incitement and firearm possession charges – will face fresh indictment.
On Saturday, President Kibaki further called on Kenyans work closely with security forces and the Provincial Administration in order to flush out dangerous elements who threaten Kenya’s security.
The Commander in Chief of the armed forces congratulated the Kenyan Defence Forces for their role in liberating Somalia from the Al Shabaab – for over a year now – as well as internal security agencies that have continued ward off threats of terrorism.