Kenyan activists plan trip to Uganda

September 24, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 24 – Kenyan human rights activists vowed on Friday to send a high powered delegation to Uganda to campaign for the release of the detained Al- Amin Kimathi.

Speaking during a forum with human rights activists, lawyer Paul Muite said human rights groups should not be cowed by the move to arrest the Muslim Human Rights Forum Executive Coordinator.

“I think giving in to fear is to encourage those who are violating the law. We all would like to see a high powered delegation going to Uganda immediately; you must go and talk from the Capital of Uganda,” he said.

The lawyer questioned the arrest of Mr Kimathi in Uganda, demanding to know why the Ugandan authorities did not pursue him in Kenya if at all he had any links with the July 11 Kampala terror attacks.

He said he did not understand why they waited for him to go to Uganda and then link him to the terrorist attacks in the country. Mr Muite asked the Ugandan authorities to provide evidence linking Mr Kimathi to the 70 counts of murder he is being questioned about.

Mr Muite condemned the arrest saying it was a great violation of the new constitution and called on President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to act on the matter.

He further urged human rights bodies to petition Parliament as well as the government and ask them what they were doing to deal with the violation of the Constitution.

Centre for Rights Education and Chairperson Ann Njogu added her voice to Mr Muite’s remarks saying the groups would lead the delegation to Uganda demanding the release of Mr Kimathi and an explanation why Uganda had violated human rights laws and rights.

Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara who is hospitalised at a Nairobi hospital sent a statement criticising the manner in which Mr Kimathi was arrested and wondered why he could not face charges in his country.

Some 13 Kenyans including Mr Kimathi are held in Kampala following the attacks.

Mr Kimathi was arrested in Uganda last week over allegations of involvement in the July attacks.


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