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Activists arrested protesting food hike out on bond

Njaa revolution: Arrested HRDs Anthony Kanyiri, Minoo Kyaa, Nahashon Kamau, and Clinton Ojiambo with KNCHR lawyer Kamanda Mucheke (middle) outside Kasaranasli Police Station on Sunday/ courtesy.

 

April 11, 2022

Editor’s note: This story was updated on April 12, 2022.

 

 

Four human rights defenders arrested while protesting the food hike in Kasarani on Saturday have finally been released.

 

They are Minoo Kyaa of Mukuru Community Justice Center, Antony Kanyiri of the Kasarani Social Justice Centre, Nahashon Kamau, and Clinton Ojiambo.

 

Makadara Law Courts Magistrate Stephen Jalang’o had on Monday granted each Sh5,000 bond – but a court accountant was unavailable to process their release.

 
They spent the night at the Kasarani police station and walked out on Tuesday.

 

The court on Friday will rule if the four will plead to charges of unlawful assembly and resisting arrest.

 

“The HRDs were arrested along ACK Road Mwiki while conducting a peaceful procession to highlight the rising cost of living and calling for the government to intervene. The police violently dispersed the team arresting the four who had been badly brutalized,” said Haki Africa Programs Officer Salima Macharia.

 

It was after intervention from various human rights organizations, Macharia said, that the four were on Sunday released each on Sh20,000 police cash bail.

 

After their release, they were taken to the hospital as they had sustained multiple injuries during the arrest.

 

Lawyers John Khaminwa and Lempaa Suyianka, who represent the activists, told the court on Monday that the charges are illegal.

 

The right of citizens to protest when they are hungry is provided for in the Constitution, Khaminwa said.

 

Article 43 of Kenya’s Constitution on the Social and Economic Rights states: “Every person has a right to be free from hunger, and to have adequate food of acceptable quality.”

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