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Activist demands release of youth detained by police

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[Youth activists Edwin Shamir (left) and Junaid Feisal].

Mombasa youth Assembly has demanded the immediate and unconditionally release of their two colleagues nabbed by police officers during Monday protest in Mombasa.

The youth were among human rights defenders and seafarers protesting the ‘reckless’ remarks by Shipping and Maritime Principal Secretary Nancy Karigithu who claimed lack of English skills has locked out many Coastal youth from maritime jobs.

Her sentiments triggered protests from the youth who demanded to know if any youth was called for interview leave alone being employed in the maritime sector.

During the Monday protests along Moi avenue Mombasa, Youth activists Edwin Shamir and Junaid Feisal were nabbed by police and have been detained at the central police station.

However, no charges were levelled against the two youthful activists.

Mombasa youth Assembly President Mbarack Hamid Mbarack has demanded the immediate and unconditionally release of the two vibrant youth activists.

He said the youth have done nothing wrong but were only exercising their constitutional rights.

“In fact if they do not release the two by Tuesday then we will enhance our protests until they heed to our demands,” noted Mr. Hamid.

He said Karigithu’s remarks are extremely detrimental to the Coastal youth and none of them will relent until the PS is removed from public office.