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BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,6TH DEC 2017-Several civil society organizations have expressed concerns on what they termed as returning culture of arbitrary arrests ,intimidation and harassment of civil society activists in the country.
The civil societies which include Sauti yangu kura yangu and We the people say the cases of arrests of activists that have continued to be seen in the country in the current government’s tenure is worrying
.Addressing the press in Nairobi the organizations’s leaders led by John Githongo have condemned the recent arrest of NASA’s strategist David Ndii saying his arrest was purely political.”David Ndii is a respected Kenyan we have known and worked with in the past and he doesn’t warrant what happened to him”.said Githogo.
They said the culture of arrests and intimidation witnessed in the country in the 90s was slowly creeping back which is dangerous.The murder of former independent Electoral and boundaries Commission ICT manager Chris Musando was also according to them a clear sign of the country headed back to the dark days.As civil society organizations they have urged the government to ensure that it does not in anyway interfere with freedom of expression and the democratic gains achieved since independent.
Githogo also said there was an attempt by forces in government to muzzle the media after news in a section of the media revealeed that the Nation media group had reieved a letter warning it against going overborad in discharging its duties.This comes just a day after NTV journalist Larry Madowo was summoned by the directorate of criminal investigation DCI to record a statement following an interview he conducted with David ndii way back in August just days to the general elections.
The media house has since stood by the journalist and said he will not record statement as he was just dong his duties.