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Uhuru asked to help release Kenyans detained in Uganda

13 March 2014, 09:26 Rodgers Buluma

Mombasa - President Uhuru Kenyatta has been asked to spear head the return of seven Kenyan detainees being held in Uganda over the July 2012 terror attack in Kampala.

Speaking to the media in Mombasa, the chairman of Haki Africa, a human rights activist group, Hassan Khalid said that the group had forwarded a letter to the president demanding government's intervention in the return of the detainees whose case has not progressed.

The chairman said that the detention of the Kenyans in Uganda is beyond doubt against the human rights borders and it is similarly unconstitutional with reference to both the Ugandan and Kenyan constitutions.

“It is unlawful to be holding a suspect for over three years without a fair hearing in court of justice and this is recognized by both the Uganda and Kenyan constitutions. It is therefore a wonder that the two governments have gone an extra mile and decided to forget about law and exercise inhuman kind of ruling,” said Khalid.

The group has forwarded its letter to the external affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed with belief that she will be able to help in advising the president to reconsider the detention of his citizens in a foreign country.

Previous attempts to have the suspected Al shabaab militants brought back to Kenya received solid burriers with the East African Court of first instance naming the detention as lawful and in accordance with both the Kenyan and Ugandan laws and that the release of the suspects would be prejudice to one of the states which suffered the consequences of the terror attack.

The detainee, Omar Awadh, Hussein Hassan Agade, Idris Mugadu, Mohamed Hamid Suleiman, Yahya Suleiman Mbuthia, Habiab Suleiman Njoroge and Suleiman Hija Nyamanndondo were arrested in 2010 following the terror attacks that were carried out on 11th July 2010 and that left at least 76 people dead and scores of others injured.

The attack involved bombing of the Kyadondo rugby club and the Ethiopian village restaurant.

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