Barely two days before Kenyans mark Mashujaa day on Sunday, rights defenders have vowed to unite with transporters in boycotting the national celebration.
The activists say Coastal people have nothing to celebrate especially after the implementation of the controversial 70 % cargo transport policy by the National government.
However, First Action Movement Chairperson Salim Karama insists that Sunday’s Tononoka function is a purely prayer activity and has nothing to do with Mashujaa day boycott.
According to Karama, the transporters together with Mombasa business fraternity and human rights activists will converge at Tononoka grounds Sunday to pray for the late Mariam Kighenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu who perished on September 29.
He said the community has united for the prayer day and will not protest on Sunday.
“We have already notified the police about our planned prayer day, we do not want any battles with the police,” said Mr. Karama.
Nothing to celebrate
On his part, Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid said the activists were not planning to disrupt Mashujaa day celebrations at Mama Ngina water front but they will not attend the national function.
Khalid said the President Uhuru Kenyatta was fully aware of the grievances Coastal people have and that they have nothing to Celebrate.
“We want the order that all cargo be transported through the SGR dropped and nothing else,” said Mr. Hussein.
He said the Monday demonstration will go on as usual.
“We are ready for dialogue if the President values the lives of the Coastal people,” noted Khalid
They said the SGR cargo transport order has rendered many locals in the region jobless.
Mombasa top security bosses have suspended all other the public functions until Mashujaa day celebrations are over.