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KNCHR protests freezing of rights groups' accounts

10 April 2015, 10:28 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has protested the freezing of accounts of two human right groups in Mombasa; Muhuri and Haki Africa.

The KNCHR vice chairman, George Morara said the rights groups should have been given an opportunity to defend themselves before the freezing of their accounts.

He said the move was aimed at silencing divergent views over the ongoing issues in the country.

“The constitution requires that issues concerning national security be enhanced in accordance with the constitution,” said Morara.

Morara said due process should be followed and the two organizations given an opportunity to defend themselves against allegations that they have been funding terror activities in the country.

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KNCHR vice chair said the time given to MUHURI and Haki Africa to give reasons as to why they should not be classified as special entities is too short.

He said that KNCHR has information that the two right groups have been sharing information with the IG, some of which shows their internal processes.

“That shows the two organizations have committed themselves and have cooperated with the government in clearing their names,” said Morara.

He said that Muhuri and Haki Africa have been in the fore front in the fight against terror in the region, adding that the two organizations have worked closely with KNHCR in the fight against extremism in the region.

KNCHR called on the government to give the right groups ample time to respond to the allegation leveled against them.

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