Grassroots Activist in Mathare Arrested and Criminalized

Grassroots Human Rights Defender with Mathare Social Justice Centre and Bunge la Mwananchi Anthony Mwoki was arrested in Kiamaiko on Thursday the 1 September 2016 in the afternoon and taken to Huruma Police Station where according to local activists, the officers planted a piece of Bhang on him.

Today very early in the morning even before comrades could visit him or meet his next of kin, he was taken Makadara law court where he was charged with the same offense and given a cash bail of Sh20,000.

However local activists disputed the allegations of Police and have complained against this systematic criminalization and targeted smear Campaign against Grassroots Activists. In the past, several other Grassroots activists on the Frontline fighting against extra Judicial Executions and gross human rights violations done by Police.

His arrest came after he participated in organizing International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances in Mathare where criticised the local police against extra Judicial killings in Mathare committed by Huruma Police. 

The Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights Defenders Kenya, Bunge la Mwananchi and Mathare Social Justice Centre are calling for his immediate release and asking the police to stop systematic criminalization of Grassroots Human Rights Defenders and malicious prosecution.

1. Bunge la Mwananchi
2. Mathare Social Justice Centre
3. Coalition for Grassroot Human Rights Defenders Kenya
4. Coalition for Constitution Implementation Kenya

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