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Matiang’i urged to release Kenyans detained in Lamu KDF camp

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[MUHURI Chairperson Khelef Khalifa. Photo/ERNEST CORNELL].

Human rights lobby Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) has appealed to Interior Cabinet Secretary Doctor Fred Matiang’i to release 7 Kenyans detained at Kiunga KDF camp.

MUHURI Chairperson Khelef Khalifa called on the Interior CS to ensure the 7 Kenyans are freed to join their families in Mombasa and Nairobi.

According to Khalifa the Seven Patrick Mwangala, Martin Mwaghazi, Ignas Kialu, Michael Majala others being Gabriel Kennedy, Elias Mwalili and Abbas Mutuku left the country legally and went to Kismayu in Somalia to work for an engineering company ‘Solution engineering limited’ on January, 6.

However, after the lapse of their contract on March 31st the seven could not take a flight back to the country since the government had already grounded all flights following the Covid-19 pandemic.

“They traveled through the Indian ocean from Somalia to Kenya, though the KDF soldiers at Ras Kamboni on the Somali side allowed them in our own officers at Kiunga along the Lamu-Somalia boarder denied them access to their own country,” said Khalifa.

Deplorable conditions

He criticised Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia for denying them access into the country.

“The seven are subjected to a forced illegal detention at Kiunga KDF camp where for the last 30 days they have been living under deplorable conditions,” he disclosed.

Khalifa said if the letter written to Matiang’i does not materialise, the human rights lobby will move to count to sue the government.

He said the families of the 7 detainees are suffering since their main bread winners can no longer fend for them.

Khalifa said they will use the constitution to challenge the government in court.

Their employer ‘Solutions engineering Limited’ has since remained mum over the matter.