Thursday, February 19, 2009

Action Alert re Arrest of Philo Ikonya, Fwamba Crispus, Patrick Kamotho

WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW

PLEASE CIRCULATE AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE


(1) Send a text message NOW, to Kenya's President, Prime Minister, and Attorney General. Use the one below, or craft your own. Phone nos and Email ads available HERE

Mr. Kibaki / Mr. Odinga - we hold u accountable 4 police violence and illegal arrests against Philo Ikonya n other civil society activists. Release them NOW and fire Police Commissioner Ali.

Other Suggested Message:

Mr Kibaki / Mr. Odinga, I urge you to act immediately to release Philo Ikonya, Fwamba Chrispus, and Patrick Kamotho from illegal police custody. Police Commissioner Ali must be fired for presiding over escalating police violations of civil and human rights in Kenya.

To President Mwai Kibaki: president (at) statehousekenya (dot) go (dot) ke

To Prime Minister Raila Odinga: railaodinga (at) yahoo (dot) com

Signed: Name, Organization / Affiliation (if any), City, Country

3) If you are a Kenyan repeat steps 1) and 2) with your own MP and other parliamentarians. Contact details for Kenyan MPs here.

4) If you live outside Kenya, repeat steps 1) and 2), directing the texts and emails to the Kenyan Ambassador or High Commissioner in your country. Contact details on this link:

5) If you are a foreign national living in Kenya, repeat steps 1) and 2) with the Ambassador or High Commissioner of your country in Kenya. Contact details on this link

6) Copy to the Feedback Form on the site of the Kenyan Police Force HERE

7) Copy to Kofi Annan, in his capacity as the head of the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation Process, through his spokesman: Nasser Ega-Musa: Nasser (dot)Ega-Musa(at) unon (dot) org

4 comments:

Sukuma Kenya said...

Colleagues eventually traced the three Kenyan civil society activists arrested and beaten outside Parliament buildings yesterday after a nighttime search. Philo Ikonya was released from Gigiri PoliceStation last night at about 11 pm. Fwamba N.C Fwamba spent the night in custody at Gigiri Police Station, while Patrick Kamotho was held overnight at the Central Police Station. All three were charged this
morning at the Chief Magistrates Court (High Court buildings Nairobi),Thursday February 19th 2009, with taking part in an unlawful assembly.
The court released them of a cash bail of Ksh Ten Thousand each,
which their colleagues are making arrangements to pay to facilitate
their release. They will need legal and moral support as they face these charges and also require medical attention after assault by senior police officers while in custody. The Central Police Station briefly detained Gacheke of Bunge La Mwananchi after the disappearance of Philo, Fwamba and Kamotho before being released without charges.

Sukuma Kenya said...

Message from KHRC:

Your emailing and SMSing has had an effect. Kofi Annan has asked,
through Nasser Ega Musa here, for a brief on the assaults and arrests,with a recommendation as to what you think he can reasonably do in his position.

Suggest you:

1. Send Ega Musa a SUMMARY (not more than a page) of the background to the assaults and arrests (the pattern of harassment of Bunge la Mwananchi members)...you can offer to send the full documentation done later if required ;
2. Conclude with a CLEAR REQUEST of Annan (which you should probably link to Agenda Item 2: the restoration of fundamental rights and freedoms) as to what you'd like him to communicate to the two Principals.
Ega Musa's email address is: Nasser.Ega-Musa@unon.org.

Kestrel said...

Thank you Dipesh for keeping us informed with this horror and for posting this action campaign. I will get as many people as I know to send emails and get involved. Thanks for the update on Kofi Annan which is encouraging news.

Denford said...

There seems to be great similarity between Zimbabwe and Kenya, going well beyond the GNU or coaltion thing.

I fully expect that, in Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai, who has already shown that he can outdo Mugabe in terms of lavishness and wastefulness,is going to resemble and work with Mugabe even more.

This is why Africa needs a new generation, brought up on the true concept of democracy and respect for the dignity of citizens.

I think bloggers should start a deliberate campaign to change the face and attitude of this continent.

Anyway, watching closely and hoping to learn.

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