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Haki Africa Executive director Hussein Khalid arrested

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[Haki Africa Executive director Hussein Khalid with Haki Africa Rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta and Mwadillo's family members at Horo Horo Border on Thursday. Photo/Pauline Kwamboka]

Haki Africa Executive director Hussein Khalid was on Thursday afternoon arrested by Tanzania immigration officials after demanding the release of a Kenyan Khamis Zuma Mwadilo who went missing after crossing Horo Horo border to Tanzania.

Khalid was nabbed and detained at the Horo Horo border immigration post after demanding the immediate and unconditionally release of Mwadilo who was barred from crossing Horo Horo border to Kenya after he was located at hospital in Temeke, a week after his mysterious disappearance.

It took Haki Africa’s efforts, the Cabinet Secretary Foreign affairs Monica Juma, Ambassador Kazungu Kambi and Embassy attaché Ms Habiba Seby to rescue Mwadilo and ensure he is safely back home.

However, Khalid accompanied by Haki Africa Rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta received hostile treatment from the Tanzania Immigration officers.

“The situation was tense and Tanzania authorities barred Mwadilo from crossing over to Kenya,” said Mr. Shipetta.

He said after some hours of arguments, Haki Africa Executive director Hussein Khalid was arrested and detained at the border police posts.

“Khalid was demanding an explanation as to why Tanzanian authorities secretly moved away Mwadilo from their custody back to Tanzania,” said Shipetta.

Through Kenya’s Embassy, Mwadilo was expected at the border point at around 1 pm Thursday where his family including his father Mohammed Ngome, his wife Zaituni Abedi and Haki Africa Rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta were to receive him.

HAKI Africa is now demanding for the immediate and unconditionally release of its Executive director Mr. Hussein Khalid.

The human rights organisation further wants Tanzania immigration officials immediately release Khamis Zuma Mwadillo and explain the motive behind his detention and harassment.

Shipetta has termed the arrest and detention as gross human rights violation appealing for the central governments’ intervention to solve what could ferment more diplomatic wrangles between Kenya and Tanzania.