, NAIROBI Kenya, Oct 16 – Twelve Mombasa Republican Council members, including their chairman have denied taking part in an unlawful assembly following their arrest in Kwale on Wednesday.
The outlawed group’s chairman Omar Mwamnuadzi and 11 members were arraigned in court late on Wednesday where they denied the charges.
The court heard that the suspects were found with material written in Arabic and police needed a translator to explain the content.
The magistrate directed that the 12 be remanded until October 28 when the prosecution is expected to confirm to the court whether more charges would be preferred against them.
Mwamnuadzi was holding a meeting with the 11 members when police raided his home in Kwale and arrested them.
Kwale County Commissioner Evans Achoki on Wednesday said detectives were scrutinising the group’s activities.
The arrests come as police continue to investigate the group over various attacks within the coastal region.
Police have linked MRC to Al Shabaab militants based in Somalia but their leaders have denied the allegations.
But the group says: “We have given the Inspector General of Police 30 days ultimatum to apologise, failure to which we shall direct our lawyer to sue him in court.”
They argue that the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has linked the group to Somali based terror group Al-Shabaab.
The group has also been linked to attacks in Lamu County that claimed over 100 lives.
Lamu County is still on a 6pm to 6am curfew following insecurity there.
The dusk-to-dawn curfew will remain in force until October 23, according to Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo.