Interior Fred Matiang’i
swift action in requiring the NGO Coordination Board to stop its crackdown on
civil society should be praised.
He ordered the Board to cease its ongoing crackdown on
NGOs for 90 days.
government did not act without encouragement from beyond Kenya, particularly
from the US government, whose embassy in Nairobi tweeted: “@USEmbassyKenya A free
civil society is critical to democracy & fulfilling promise of #Kenya’s
#constitution. US urges government to protect their rights”.
Government is doing the right thing at the right time.
media and a free civil society are essential for Kenya. However, the Kenya
Revenue Authority, the Central Bank of Kenya and the Central Bank should not
again move at the behest of the NGO Board – or any other entity – against civil
society in a crackdown that is basically political.
government’s swift move against NGO Board chairman Fazul Mahamad and his crackdown
is a good sign that the State has woken up on this threat to civil society.