, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 5 – Three people suspected members of the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) were taken to court on Tuesday morning and charged over the murder of six police officers in Changamwe.
The three, Jabiri Ali Dzuya, Anthony Mwatela Mugedhi and Bwana Mkuu Alwan Jabu were arrested at dawn on Monday after the death of 12 people, including the six police officers.
The suspects who appeared before magistrate Martin Muya were not allowed to take plea and were remanded in custody until March 18.
The Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko had earlier stated that he was satisfied with the charges after his office received the file at about 10pm on Monday night and worked overnight.
Tobiko has assembled 30 prosecuting counsel to be on call 24 hours before, during and after the General Election.
The rapid response team was to ensure that any incidents are expeditiously and effectively investigated and prosecuted.
The DPP had also directed all heads of county offices within his office to take full charge of all election related offences within their regions.
He had stated that at the headquarters in Nairobi, there will be a co-ordinating secretariat that will oversee all county operations.
He also added that his office would fast track offences reported and would not spare anyone.
He further said that they were working closely with the police and had asked the Inspector General David Kimaiyo to report any arrests arising from perpetration of electoral and related offences to him within the shortest time possible.
According to the Inspector General, the Sunday night attack occurred when police officers from Changamwe police station were informed that over 200 people believed to be MRC members armed with rifles, bows and arrows were heading for an attack around Miritini area.
He pointed out that the officers fell into ambush laid by the attackers on both sides of the road.
The police boss said another group of attackers believed to be MRC members attacked police in Chumani in Kilifi killing one officer near a chief’s camp.
Kimaiyo said 400 extra police officers were flown to Mombasa to beef up security and issued with orders not to fear to use necessary force.
He instructed police officers to use their firearms as provided in law and ensure that no further loss of lives of police officers and civilians is experienced.