There have been stories that the Coast province in Kenya want to cut itself from the rest of the country. This has been driven by the social and land injustices in the region.
The Mombasa Republican Council MRC is the ones spearheading the campaign for the coast province to be a country of its own. From the MRC, the treaty signed by the Kenyan first president Jomo Kenyatta and the sultan of the Oman Arabs agreed that the 10 mile coastal strip to remain independent on its own, something that was never achieved.
After so many years, the Mombasa Republican Council think its now time for the coast province to liberate its self and attain self governance. This has not been taken lightly by the present government to the extent of the government gazette it as an unlawful group.
According Mohammed Rashid Mraja the group’s spokesman, MRC is fighting for the rights of the many native Coastal people who are squatters in their own land. Most people in the coast are illiterate and have been conned to sell their land and some their land have been grabbed and changed the title deeds.
The group also claims the coastal region has been left behind on several important issues by the government, for example the region does not national schools or university since the country attained independence in 1963.
For the group to achieve its mission it has set out several missions to push the Kenyan government to allow them to separate from the rest of the nation.
First the Mombasa Republican council plans to disrupt next years general election, as it campaigning that the people at the coast not to register as voters and also not to participate in the March 2013 general election.
The group is also planning to disrupt the national examinations for primary schools Kenya Certificate for Primary Education KCPE and for the secondary schools Kenya Certificate for Secondary KCSE which are schedule to start next month.
The group has however been accused of violence attacks on people who are against them in the region and still go ahead and participate in election campaigns. The latest on is where 5 people were murdered including a bodyguard of the fisheries minister at a political rally.
As the Mombasa Republican Council are busy claiming that most of the native coastal people are un educated and unemployed and those that have employment work as casual laborers, lets try and get the facts rights.
The group wants their people to take over the jobs that are held by people from upcountry, the question is how can they have the jobs while they didn’t go to school or they have no profession.
Then they want Coast to be a country on its own and yet they have no security policy if they are handed their wish. This is because all the security and intelligence agencies are run by the Kenyan government and if Coast has to be cut off then they have to have a backup plan for their security concerns which they do not have.
Another important aspect is that, MRC does not have a political structure to govern itself or if Coast becomes a country of its own. Most of its leaders are believed to be primary school dropouts and do not an organization structure.
Mombasa Republican council wants to turn Coast into a Muslim state, which brings lots of debate because not all native people are Muslim or could love changing their religion and this might result into a religious war.
A major challenge the MRC are facing is that some native coastal people are not buying their idea for cutting itself from the rest of the county and worst of it the people not supporting it are the few educated from the region.This is a big blow to the group as they had expected the professionals to help them once they attain the succession.
On 10th this month police raided Rashid Mraja’s home at around 4am and arrested his wife as he was not found in the house, he later submitted himself to the Coast province police headquarters and was arrested and later charged at Shanzu law court .
He was charged with Incitement and was awarded a 2 million bond of which he was unable to pay and he is still in remand at Shimo la Tewa remand prison.
Then police started a man hunt for the MRC president Omar Mwamnuadzi who has been hiding since the police started the crackdown on Mombasa Republican Council leaders, members and financiers.
Police raided Omar Mwamnuadzi’s home on the wee morning of 15th October and arrested him after a fierce battle where 2 of his bodyguards where killed and 38 other people arrested.
This is seen as a win by the police and the whole country as the group has been destroyed and most of its members now live in fear of being attacked by police.