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Coastal lobby groups back Cord's push for dialogue

13 June 2014, 09:28 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - Over 28 civil society groups in the coastal region have declared their support for Cord’s push for a national dialogue with the government.

The groups, which include Muslim for Human Rights (MUHURI), Kenya Community Support Centre (KECOSCE), Haki Africa among others are concerned by the rising insecurity in the country.

Speaking at a press conference in Mombasa County on Thursday, the groups claimed that security has deteriorated so bad that it is difficult to distinguish between genuine acts of terror and ordinary crime.

They claimed that the war against terror has not been fought with due respect for human rights as per the constitution, and threatened to go for peaceful protests if the Parliamentary Committee on Security does not convene an urgent mission in Mombasa to meet with terror victims, human rights groups and other security agencies to discuss matters that affect them.

“If they don’t accord us security, we are we shall call for a mass action. We want the government to protect us,” said Khelef Khalifa, the executive director for Muhuri.

The civil society groups also appealed to the government to pull out its troops from Somalia and instead man its borders for the betterment of its citizen’s security.

“In the light of the security system in the country, what role is KDF playing in Somalia? Why should we not defend our common border from our soil instead of inviting the wrath of reprisals that meets an invading force?” asked Phylis Muema, KECOSKE chairlady.

The coastal region has particularly experienced a series of terror threats and extrajudicial killings, with the recent one being the Killing of Sheikh Mohammed Idris.

According to the groups, Idris’ murder brought to 40 the number of people who have lost their lives in a cold blood executions for the last three years.

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