Police and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officers on Wednesday morning raided Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) offices at Lavington in Nairobi a day after NGOs Coordinating Board had requested Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro to halt its operations.
The NGOs Coordinating Board had accused AfriCOG of failing to register and operating illegal bank accounts.
The notice to close down AfriCOG came a day after similar action was taken against one of the country’s oldest civil society group, Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC).
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein criticised the action taken against AfriCOG and KHRC.
Hussein also condemned calls to have AfriCOG directors and members arrested. “The high commissioner wants civil society and media to be allowed to work without hindrance or fear of retaliation,” the statement said.
Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International deputy regional director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “The NGO Coordination Board’s decision must be seen for what it really is – a cynical attempt to discredit human rights organisations. This is an unlawful and irresponsible move in this critical post-election period.”