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State targeting civil society in fear of damning elections report – MUHURI

The government is trampling on local civil societies because it is fearful of a report that will harm the credibility of the August 8 vote,
a lobby group has said.

The societies are being targeted because they are part of the Kura Yangu Sauti
Yangu initiative, said Muslims for Human Rights executive director Hassan Abdille.

The initiative cited errors in IEBC results and termed them
inaccurate. This was after the electoral agency failed to produce all forms 34A for corroboration.

On Tuesday, IEBC said they don’t have some 14,000 of these forms which were used to generate the presidential result. This cast doubts on the credibility
of their final announcement that incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta defeated NASA chief Raila Odinga.

Abdille said the attacks are aimed at silencing them and allowing injustices to prevail.

“We will not stand down and compromise on injustice,” he told a media briefing on Thursday.

He cited attempts by the NGOs Coordination Board to de-register KHRC
and AfriCOG as signs of Jubilee Party’s broader scheme to silence them.

KHRC released a damning report of 24 post-poll protesters killed
by police. AfriCOG had planned to challenge Uhuru’s win at
the Supreme Court but board executive director Fazul Mahamed raised claims of illegal operations against them.

Fazul wanted the two organisations de-registered but the High Court stopped this move. The court’s decision came after acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i suspended the crackdown for 90 days.

Amid the purge, NASA opted to move to the Supreme Court.

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Abdille noted some of the reasons Fazul gave were earlier dismissed in court.

Fazul claimed AfriCOG had not been registered while KHRC was
operating illegal bank accounts, employing expatriates fraudulently
and failing to account for funds.

But the MUHURI boss said: “Our emphasis is that you cannot intimidate us.
This (message) should clearly go to the executive of this country.”

Abdille said the rights group and other civil societies will continue engaging with
the government constructively should officials be willing.

“But when it comes to violation of human rights, we will not
compromise. We will continue to fight for the rights of everyone
including the media.”

He further said the attacks on these organisations “in this charged electoral period” should be cause for alarm.

On Sunday, the Civil Society Network said it will release its election
report this week.

It said the report won’t be that of “voting was free and
fair”, as claimed by AU and EU observers “because all evidence points towards
fraud”.

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