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Am contented with human rights activism not politics- Khalid

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Human rights Organisation, Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid has denied that he is planning to set foot in politics.

The vocal human rights defender said he is not indulging in politics and he is satisfied serving the community as a human rights defender.

Mr Khalid was reacting to news that he will be vying for the Mvita Parliamentary seat come August, 9 during the general elections.

He reiterated that he has been in human rights activism for over two decades now, and that is what keeps him moving.

He said fighting for human rights has been his passion and he has not developed any interest in politics.

“It is not true that I am vying for the Mvita Parliamentary seat,” he posted on his social media handles.

Khalid’s sentiments comes after the fake news traversed the social media from Sunday that indeed he was going for the Mvita Parliamentary seat.

The news and digital posters quickly surfaced in all corners of the Coast region prompting the renowned human rights defender to express his shock.

“While am flattered to be linked with the position of MP for Mvita, I wish to categorically state that the claims are not true as I am not interested in any political position,”

He continued, “I remain committed to Haki Africa and the duty to defend human rights and social justice,” he posted on his social media handles including his official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The unsubstantiated information further expressed that Khalid is in full support of Raila Odinga as his preferred presidential candidate and the current Mvita MP Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir as his preferred Mombasa County Governor under the ‘Azimio la Umoja’ political movement.

Mr Khalid a renowned Human rights defender worked for Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) before he launched Haki Africa human rights lobby.

The vocal and fearless human rights activist has actively battled for economic rights for the Coastal people when government ordered all cargo to be transported through the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

He has also led several protests in repulsing the government following extra judicial killings and enforced disappearances in the Coast region and in the North Eastern part of Kenya.

The vocal human rights defender has in several occasions raised the red flag following police brutality against the Coastal people.

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While expressing their diverse opinions on social media, Mombasa and the larger Coast residents however said Mr Khalid is the right person for the Mvita Parliamentary seat and that he would be in a better position to defend the rights of locals and Coastal residents while in Parliament.