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Six rights groups to meet President over forceful disappearances

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[Human rights defenders led by Haki Africa protesting increased killings and forceful disappearances in Mombasa. Photo/Maxwell Ngala]

Six Coast based human rights lobbies are planning a walk from Mombasa to state house in Nairobi to present a petition to President Uhuru Kenyatta over forced disappearances in the Coast region.

The organisations including Haki Africa, Human Development Agenda (HUDA), Kenya Women Muslims Alliance (KEMWA), Sauti ya Wanawake, Kituo cha Sheria and Kwale Human Rights Network has prepared a petition that asks a questions on why the worrying trend is not thwarted.

In a statement to newsroom on Thursday evening, Haki Africa Executive director Hussein Khalid singles out Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi and Lamu Counties as the most affected by the inhumane trend and the organisations have resorted for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s answer.

Khalid said that despite efforts to have the perturbing trend solved and both the security agents and locals uphold human rights as stipulated in the current constitution, cases of forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings have resurfaced.

Khalid said that the organisations are planning to start the walk early November from Mombasa to Nairobi to ensure that the petition reaches President Uhuru Kenyatta for urgent action.

“The insurgence of forceful disappearance cases have caused pain and psychological torture to families and the President was the only hope to end the pain,” noted Khalid.

The human rights defender said that though the Director of public prosecution (DPP) Noordin Hajj has shown the zeal and interest in fighting the inhumane trend both the government security agencies and the judiciary are yet to give any tangible, positive outcome concerning various cases revolving around forceful disappearances and extra judicial killings reported in the region.