Activist Maina Kiai broke after gov’t froze MUHURI accounts

Activist maina Kiai in a past event. Maina says he went broke when the government froze MHUHURI accounts./COURTESY

Mombasa, KENYA: Kenyan lawyer and human rights activist Maina Kiai on Monday informed a Mombasa court that the government’s decision to freeze Muslims For Human Rights (MUHURI) bank accounts made him broke.

Testifying in a case where MUHURI sued the government for damages, Kiai a board member at MUHURI said the government linked them to a terrorism group namely Al Shabaab without evidence.

Muhuri’s accounts were frozen in 2015 following the intelligence reports which claimed that they financed Al-Shabaab.

“Your honor I’m a human rights defender and am serving as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and when an organization am working with was linked to supporting terrorism group I faced stigmatization,” said Kiai.

He further claimed that Kenya banks failed to transfer his money to a daughter studying in the US over MUHURI links to the terror group.