SGR vandals will be hanged - Uhuru

Uhuru has said he will approve the execution of the SGR vandals.

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Uhuru said he will now sign an executive order for the execution of those who will be found guilty of vandalising the SGR.

"Mungu anisamehe (May God forgive me) but I'll sign into law an executive order to have vandals who destroy infrastructure projects hanged," a stern Uhuru said.

He was speaking during the launch of Standard Gauge Railway at Miritini, Mombasa.

Uhuru said that previously he had refused to sign the death warrant and instead advocated for life imprisonment but now said he will sign the death warrant for those convicted to have vandalised the railway line.

He said the vandalism equated to economic sabotage which is a capital offence.

On Wednesday, four suspects were arrested in connection with vandalism of the Standard Gauge Railways at Kibanda-Hasara in Kwale County, about 30km west of Mombasa.

The suspects include scrap metal dealers who were arrested in Voi Town in possession of materials including metal rails.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko said the suspects and any others who will be caught will be charged as organised criminals and economic saboteurs.

“All those identified and apprehended will face the full force of the law and will be charged and prosecuted not as petty thieves but as organized criminals and economic saboteurs,” he said in a statement.

Earlier, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho was blocked by GSU officers from attending the SGR launch presided over by President Kenyatta.

Joho's spokesperson Richard Chacha divulged that the Governor was barred at Miritini station.

Chacha noted that Joho was told that the 'orders had been issued from above'.

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