By Sandra Birungi
Police has revealed that the attack carried out in Mombasa which saw ten people killed was carried out by the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC).
The police said that the MRC had earlier on threatened to carry out attacks to disrupt the election process which in different parts of the country is so far peaceful. The attackers are said to have attacked policemen at a certain station, cut them up to death before raiding the gun store and took the guns at the station. The police men, four in total have been confirmed dead. Their bodies were taken to the Mombasa mortuary.
According to the regional police commander, Aggrey Adoli, the police officers were attacked by over 100 militia at Mombasa’s Miritini area at around 2am local time. Among the dead is Changamwe divisional police commander, Otieno Awour and his station commander, and two other police officers who were in the police vehicle.
“Our officers were attacked while on patrol but we have dispatched a team of security officers to visit the scene before I give the official figures,” Adoli |said.
Despite the disruption, the rest of the country is voting calmly already. Polling stations opened at 6am although voters arrived as early as 3am. Voters are also voting for 47 senators, 47 governors and other officials in the general election. Eight candidates are competing for the presidency, with the top leading presidential candidates, Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD)’s Raila Odinga, and the candidate of Jubilee Alliance, Uhuru Kenyatta locked in a tight race.