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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Kiai's life in danger

Human rights activists have said the life of Maina Kiai, the chairman of Kenya National Human Rights Commission, is in danger.

The human rights activists, under the auspices of Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice, on Friday issued a statement saying that they have reliable information that Kiai’s life is in danger. But Police Commissioner Maj. Gen. Hussein Ali dismissed the claim as "rumours".

Kiai has been one of the harshest critics of the Kibaki regime, constantly putting the government to task over rampant corruption and perpetual human rights abuses. On appointment, Kibaki hoped that he could finally get the human rights body off his back by appointing a fellow Kikuyu to lead it, but it seems Kiai has a conscience; which is more than you can say for most of Kibaki's appointees.

Gladwell Otieno, the Director of Africa Centre for Open Governance said they have reliable information from intelligence sources about the safety of Kiai and other human rights activists. She said the intelligence sources indicated that a special unit is being formed to consider ways of neutralising Kiai and other human rights activists. "Among the methods that have been floated is to mask the deliberate targeting as a common criminality, such as carjacking or calculated road accidents," she said.

Human rights lawyer Harun Ndubi said the Attorney General had been informed of the issue.

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