Kenyan Separatist Leader Charged With Heading Banned Group

A Kenyan court charged the head of a secessionist group with leading an illegal organization.

Omar Mwamnuadzi was also charged with incitement and fundraising for the Mombasa Republican Council after his arrest on Sunday, group’s spokesman Randu Nzai Ruwa said.

The MRC, which has been banned by the government, wants independence for Kenya’s coastal region. The state has branded it a terrorist group. The coast is a key engine of Kenya’s economy as the home to East Africa’s largest port, mining projects and seaside tourist resorts.

In December 2014, Mwamnuadzi and six MRC members were charged with belonging to an outlawed group and for unlawful assembly to plan attacks. Police also accused the leader of marijuana possession.

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