, NAIROBI, Kenya June 18 – Several suspects, including a man accused of operating a fake Al Shabaab Twitter account that purported to claim responsibility for the Mpeketoni killing of over 60 people, have been arrested.
Police chief David Kimaiyo said the man was posting information on the handle claiming to be statements from Al Shabaab.
“We have arrested several suspects in connection to Mpeketoni incident including the owner and driver of one the vehicles used by attackers,” Kimaiyo said, adding: “Also in police custody is a suspect who was operating social media accounts purportedly used by Al Shabaab to claim responsibility.”
Kimaiyo said he has also dismissed the Officer in Charge of Mpeketoni, Aden Ali, with immediate effect and is due to be charged in court.
“OCS Aden Ali, Mpeketoni, dismissed with immediate effect & he’ll be charged in court. More suspects including leaders are being interrogated,” he said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta had on Tuesday announced the suspension of other top police and county commanders accused of failing to act on intelligence reports in Lamu, leading to the killings.
Deputy President William Ruto on Wednesday warned that politicians found to have incited residents leading to the killings will not be spared.
“Investigations are almost completed, and I can assure you that no one will be spared,” Ruto told a briefing in Nairobi, “no one will be spared even politicians.”
President Kenyatta has ruled out Al Shabaab involvement in the attack, and instead blamed politicians for inciting communities.
CORD leader Raila Odinga who has been leading rallies across the country ahead of the main one scheduled for July 7, has denied responsibility after Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku suggested his activities could be linked to the attacks.
“It is Lenku who has crossed the red line, he should take responsibility for this attacks,” Odinga told a press conference on Wednesday where he also declared that “Our (political) rallies will go on.”