Human rights activists were on Saturday denied access to the Technical University of Mombasa Social hall where they were to conduct their economic and devolution forum.
Led by Muslims for Human Rights- MUHURI Chairperson Khelef Khalifa, the activists expressed shock and dissatisfaction over the manner in which the TUM administration was being used to stop the push for equity in the economy distribution in the region.
The hundreds of Activists, Economists, Lawyers and locals were denied access to the institution and the social hall they had paid locked.
Mr. Khalifa said they were not taking the motive lightly and they were preparing for a legal battle with the higher learning institution on Monday.
“We paid for the social hall sh. 25,000 so as to use it for the devolution forum between 8 am to 2 pm on 2nd November,” he revealed.
Agitated Khalifa held all the documents including receipts and letters sod admittance from the TUM administrations signed on October, 17.
Sh. 2 million
“We have spent over sh. 2 million since some of our panelists had travelled all the way from the US for this forum and all the bookings had been catered for by the organisation, let the TUM administration be ready for the consequences” he added.
[Human rights defenders protest outside TUM. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
The TUM administration cited security reasons that led to the cancellation of the devolution forum.
Meanwhile, Human rights defenders Maina Kiai and Economist David Ndii urged Kenyans not to relent in fighting for equal distribution of resource.
“There must be something fishy going on with the SGR project why is it being forced to us?” said Mr. Ndii.
On his part, renowned human rights Icon Maina Kiai urged Coastal people not to relent but push for a complete suspension of the 70% SGR cargo transportation order.
“This is not about Mombasa economy but a countrywide setback, unless we act now we will suffer acute poverty and rendered economic powerless,” he added.
Among those who joined the ‘Okoa Mombasa Coalition’ initiative forum meant to discuss devolution and the impact of the Standard Gauge Railway were constitutional lawyer Yashphal Ghai.