, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 2- The directors of a Muslim rights campaign group Haki Africa have been summoned to appear before the NGO Council on Wednesday to be cautioned against operating in the country until they get a compliance certificate.
NGO Council Executive Director Fazul Mahamed said the directors also risk being charged in court for operating in the country without legal documents.
He told journalists on Tuesday that the organisation was not de-registered after being linked to financing terror activities in the country since it was not in the list of registered charity organisations in the first place.
“We have in fact summoned them to our offices…there is no way you can operate a charitable organisation without a certificate of registration,” he cautioned.
He said Haki Africa, which is widely known in offering legal services to suspects and victims of terror has been operating illegally all along which raises questions of accountability and transparency of its operations.
On April 8, a gazette notice that listed 85 companies with suspected links to terrorism caused a stir with some of those mentioned denying any involvement in terror related activities.
Kenya Forex Remittance Association Chief Executive Officer Anthony Wachira told a press conference in Nairobi that 13 of the money transfer companies listed in the Kenya gazette were duly licensed by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) and the association.
“If you look at that list, it is sad that licensed entities are put together with suspected terrorists,” he complained.
The list had names of forex bureaus, bus companies as well as individuals.
In Mombasa, two human rights lobby groups – Haki Africa and Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) also protested their appearance on the list linked to terrorism.