The Chairperson of Amnesty International, Kenya, Renee Ngamau, will be arraigned in court today.
According to Amnesty Kenya, the police arrested her for rallying the Jamhuri community against grabbing of public land.
However, they released her last night on bail, setting the court date to today.
Community against notorious ‘businessman’
According to reports, Renee rallied the community against a notorious businessman that is famous for grabbing public lands. The unnamed person reportedly uased forged documents to grab the public land in Jamhuri.
Renee stated that the businessman’s brother had dug up a borehole at someone’s house without public participation in 2019.
When confronted, the person stated that they did not need a permit, and even threatened them.
Nonetheless, what got Ngamau arrested was confronting the businessman they dug trenches in a public playground they were protecting recently.
Republic v Renee Ngamau
However, one of Renee’s lawyers and LSK President, Nelson Havi said that they were experiencing delays in the case.
“On location since 8.00 am at Kibra Law Courts for the matter of the Republic V Renee Ngamau as instructed by the Investigating Officer last night. The Republic is not aware of the matter. We are patiently waiting for one arm of the Republic to communicate with the other.” Havi tweeted at 10 am.
The move comes at a time when many have called out the misuse of police to settle scores by people in power. The arrest of activists and other members of civil societies in Kenya has been a worrying trend in recent times.
Amnesty International is a human rights organization that is always at the fore of fighting against abuse of human rights. Amnesty Kenya is one of the bodies leading calls against amending the constitution.
Kenyatta and Raila are pushing for amending the constitution under the BBI.
There have been calls to stop the use of police to harass ordinary citizens, especially activists.