UN  calls on Kenya to protect Owino Uhuru lead poisoning witnesses

The Owino Uhuru slum in Mombasa.sH. 30 million has been set aside to fight COVID-19 in Mombasa and Kilifi counties PHOTO COURTESY

Mombasa,KENYA:The United nations has for the third time called on the government to protect the key witnesses to the Owino Uhuru lead poisoning case ongoing at the Mombasa high court.

According to a statement released by the UN on Wednesday, the  government has not taken action since the UN starting raising concerns of harassment of the three witness who are, Alfred Ogola, Wilfred Kamencu, Anastacia Nambo and Kavumbi Munga in 2014.

“This is the third time UN experts have called on the Government to protect and promote the rights of the environmentalists. The UN experts officially relayed their concerns to the Government in 2014, 2017 and again last week. The Government has not responded on any occasion” The United Nation human rights said in a statement.

The body further one of the victims had been  attacked with an unknown substance that caused swelling of the eyes while all the victims had reported cases of strangers banging their houses at night while yelling at them to get out.

The UN further says the victims who have reported the cases to police say the investigations have been slow.

In April 2017,police started investigating the alleged harassment incidents.