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Kenya: Threats to the safety of Maina Kiai and others - KPTJ

2008-01-11, Issue 335

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We are Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice, an initiative which has been meeting and organising for the past two weeks in order to understand and make public what happened with the counting and tallying process of our Presidential vote, as well as the nature of the violence experienced across the country since. We have also continually reiterated the need for the Kenyan Police Force and the General Service Unit to respect the right of all Kenyans to the freedoms of expression, assembly and association to respond to concerns raised—in a legal and legitimate manner.

KENYANS FOR PEACE WITH TRUTH AND JUSTICE

C/o Africa Centre for Open Governance
P.O. Box 18157
00100 GPO NAIROBI

The Minister of State for Internal Security Office of the President

Harambee House NAIROBI


11th January 2008

Dear Sir, RE: THREATS TO THE SAFETY OF MAINA KIAI AND OTHERS


We are Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice, an initiative which has been meeting and organising for the past two weeks in order to understand and make public what happened with the counting and tallying process of our Presidential vote, as well as the nature of the violence experienced across the country since. We have also continually reiterated the need for the Kenyan Police Force and the General Service Unit to respect the right of all Kenyans to the freedoms of expression, assembly and association to respond to concerns raised—in a legal and legitimate manner. We wish to inform you of reports that have come to our attention that there is a five- or- so man elite squad that has been tasked with the liquidation of, inter alia, Maina Kiai, Chair of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights.

The sources indicate that tactics such as car jacking or calculated accident are being actively considered to be employed.

We take these threats very seriously particularly in view of the present highly charged and polarised political atmosphere. We are therefore distributing this information through our networks locally, in the region, and internationally. We take this opportunity to formally apprise Major General Hussein Ali, Commissioner of the Police, of this information and to ask that he investigate the information received as a matter of urgency. We also take this opportunity to formally inform the Hon. Attorney General and the person sworn in as Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs of these threats and urge them to provide direction to all arms of Kenya’s intelligence and security services that is within the limits of our Constitution and laws. Attached herewith is a copy of a Press Statement we issued in this matter.

Kindly urgently acknowledge receipt of this letter and advise on the action taken.

Yours sincerely, Gladwell Otieno Executive Director Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG)

for and on behalf of the following organisations:

Awaaz Centre for Law and Research International (CLARION)
Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD)
Centre for Rights, Education and Awareness for Women (CREAW)
(CRADLE)
Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRECO)
Haki Focus Hema la Katiba Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU)
Innovative Lawyering Institute for Education in Democracy (IED)
International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-Kenya)
Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC)
Kenya Leadership Institute (KLI)
Media Institute Muslim Human Rights Forum National Constitution Executive Council (NCEC)
Release Political Prisoners (RPP)
Society for International Development (SID)
Urgent Action Fund (UAF)-Africa Youth Agenda

CC: The Hon Attorney General State Law Office NAIROBI

The Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Cooperative House Nairobi

Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Cabinet Office of the President Harambee House Nairobi

Maj. Gen. Hussein Ali Commissioner of Police Vigilance House Nairobi