, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 24 – Human rights defenders have started a countrywide awareness campaign meant to sensitize terror suspects on the need to honour police summons.
The activists include a section of Muslim and political leaders from the north eastern Kenya.
Wajir West Member of Parliament Abdikadir Ore Ahmed said the campaign will help in sealing loopholes that may lead to excessive use of force during arrest and interrogation of terror suspects.
“We have come to create awareness so that Kenyans and the world know about their rights which are enshrined in the Constitution,” he stated.
“We want to fight terrorism so that we have a safe Kenya that we can live in peace and harmony.”
During an interview with Capital FM News, the Wajir West legislator lamented that tens of terror suspects have been reported missing.
He alleges that some have been found dead while the whereabouts of others is yet to be known.
Ahmed is already developing a petition over the matter, where, “relatives will be called upon to give testimonies to the committee on security and administration so that the Interior Secretary can be taken to task.”
The MP alleges that suspects have been mishandled in the process of fighting terror; a move he cautions may end up, “radicalizing youths further.”
Human right activist Al Amin Kimathi has called for an all inclusive approach in dealing with violent extremism and terror while cautioning that forceful arrests may affect the war on terror negatively.
“Many people fear that they may disappear if such summonses are made by police…we want to support the police efforts in fighting terrorism but in the manner provided by the law,” he pointed out advising anybody who is summoned to be accompanied by lawyers and other witnesses.
On social media, a campaign speaking against the alleged forceful disappearances has been launched with the hashtag #EnforcedDisappearancesKe
Anthony Mutua @Trusthollythug STOP #EnforcedDisappearancesKE you can investigate, use dialogue too
Ali AwDoll @AwDoll You can not win the war on terror using a war that inflicts terror. It’s that simple. STOP #EnforcedDisappearancesKE
Halfpoet™ @jacksonjaxo Why should there be #EnforcedDisappearancesKE when we keep preaching unity among all, why marginalize? why discriminate? Why? Why? Why?
Hon.A ORE @abdikaderore Terrorists can be defeated thro a multi stake holder approach and not through #EnforcedDisappearancesKE
The government has launched a set of security measures to curb terror attacks from the Al-Qaeda linked Somalia based Al-Shabaab militia.
On Sunday, two suspected terrorists were arrested in Garissa.
The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government said on its Twitter handle the suspects were arrested during a two-day inter-agency led security operation.
According to the ministry, the operation is aimed at taming terror plans.
“The two suspects arrested in Garissa are said to be linked to Mohamed Kuno (Gamadhere),” the ministry said.
Mohamed Kuno is said to have been the mastermind of April’s terror attack on Garissa University that left 148 people dead, majority being students.
The ministry also reported that security agencies recovered a cache of firearms and explosives.