4 Kenyans have been arrested outside the Ugandan Embassy in Nairobi. The four activists were preparing to issue a statement concerning the ongoing tension in Uganda ahead of the General elections to be held on Thursday, January 13, 2021.
The activists who have been arrested are Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid, Ojiro Odhiambo, Beatrice Waithera, and Yassah Musa.However, Amnesty International (K) has demanded that the 4 activists be released with immediate effect.
“We ask for the release of Haki Africa ED Hussein Khalid, Ojiro Odhiambo, Beatrice Waithera, and Yassah Musa, who were arrested for speaking against injustices in Uganda,” Amnesty International tweeted.
The NGO noted that standing up for human rights is not a crime, and so the four should be released immediately.
Waithera said she was assaulted in the dramatic arrest enforced by Kenyan police officers.
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has been accused of using the state machinery to silence the opposition with campaigns in Uganda reportedly marred by violence and police killings.
Kenyans have since raised concerns over the silence of the East African Community member states as chaos escalates in the East African country.
Pius Kinuthia, a political commentator, wondered why EAC, Africa Union (AU), and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) allowed Museveni allowed violence and police killings in his country.
Earlier during the day, Minister of State for the Vice Presidency in Uganda, Baltazar Kasirivu-Atwooki, allegedly survived an early morning assassination attempt by unknown shooters whom he claims shot at his car.
This comes just a day after media personality Jeff Koinange’s interview with Ugandan presidential candidate Robert Kyangulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known as Bobi Wine, was abruptly cut short after the Ugandan military raided the politician’s Kampala home.
Kyangulanyi said that the military had been attempting to break into his compound and had been assaulting his security team.
Human Rights groups have accused security officers in Uganda of using excessive force to break up opposition rallies during the campaigns.