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High Court suspends Fazul action on AfriCOG

The High Court has suspended a crackdown on AfriCOG by the NGOs Coordination Board on allegations of non-compliance and illegaal operations.

AfriCOG and seven rights activists moved to court to stop the board from interfering with its operations.

The activists incuded executive director Gladwell Otieno, John Githongo, Maina Kiai and Dr Funmi Olonisakin.

Others were Stella Chege, Donald Deya and Charles Wanguhu.

They said earlier on Wednesday that they wanted the board to bar the board he4aded by Fazul Mahamed from winding up its operations.

They also sought an order for the board to be stopped from freezing the lobby group’s bank accounts.

Mombasa civil societies want Fazul removed from the board as “he has no capacity” to be executive director.

More than 23 organisations in the county say acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i should immediately crack the whip on the “fraudulent” Fazul.

They issued a joint statement on Wednesday stating it is unfair for Matiang’i to toughen his stand on education matters while Fazul is in office “illegally”.

Matiang’i earlier directed the NGO’s board to halt the de-registration of Kenya Human Rights Commission and Africa Center for Open Governance.

He issued the directive in the morning following a raid by police and Kenya Revenue Authority agents at AfriCOG’s Lavington premises in Nairobi.

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