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January 21, 2018

[VIDEO] We're not behind terror, Lamu MCA tells 'incompetent' Marwa

Mkomani Ward MCA Ali Mohamed alias Dario addresses journalists in Malindi on July 17, 2017. /ALPHONCE GARI
Mkomani Ward MCA Ali Mohamed alias Dario addresses journalists in Malindi on July 17, 2017. /ALPHONCE GARI

A Lamu MCA on Monday criticised Coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa for blaming politicians for recent violence, including terror attacks, at the Coast.

Earlier today, Marwa alluded to a close link between Mombasa and Lamu where terrorism and politics are concerned.

He cautioned Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Tana River politicians against setting foot in Lamu ahead of the August 8 poll.

Read: Marwa links politicians to Lamu attacks, warns against tours before poll

Mkomani MCA Ali Mohamed, popularly known as Dario, dismissed Marwa’s comments that his investigations have established that some political leaders were involved in the attacks widely believed to be engineered by al Shabaab.

Addressing a press conference in Malindi town, Dario told Marwa to take action against any political leader he thinks is behind the terror attacks, instead of linking them with the deaths through the media and making "baseless claims". 

On Sunday, Marwa said some leaders did not send messages of condolence to the families of slain and injured people. He called that a sign of bad intentions but provided no evidence.

He also reportedly said politicians fear they will lose the election and therefore want some communities scared away by terror attacks. Then they would not vote on August 8.

         “Marwa has failed to address the insecurity issues at the Coast. He deserves to get an assistant who is an expert or be transferred to a more competent officer who would deliver," he said.

The MCA further said the regional coordinator is tarnishing the good image of President Uhuru Kenyatta, starting in Mombasa and now in Lamu.

Al Shabaab has launched several attacks in Lamu, killing 15 people within two weeks.

In the latest attack on Thursday last week, the militants killed six people and briefly took Public Works PS Mariam El Maawy in Lamu at Milihoi along the Lamu-Mpeketoni Road. She was rescued by KDF. A week earlier nine people were beheaded, also in Lamu.

Read: Al Shabaab shot PS El-Maawy in chest, fractured her hand - police report

Also read: Politics behind recent spate of terror in Lamu, claims Marwa

Dario said: “If we as leaders are linked to the deaths in Lamu because of not sending messages of condolences, then even the President, his deputy, [NASA chief] Raila [Odinga], Kalonzo [Musyoka], both Jubilee and NASA are involved...I have not heard them sending condolences messages."

Dario said he was angered after hearing the news from Marwa and termed his statements uncalled for as they are "baseless".

“Even if people are saying I do not support the Governor of Lamu (Issa Timamy)...if he and I are victimised we have to stand together to defend ourselves."

The MCA told Marwa to stop misleading and inciting the people at a time when political temperatures are high.

He noted Marwa and other Lamu leaders are the ones to send condolence messages.

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