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NGOs board shuts two lobby groups

Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Coordinating Board chief executive officer Fazul Mohammed has ordered immediate closure of two lobby groups for allegedly operating illegally.

In a letter, Fazul said “Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu” and “We the People” engaged in activities that fall within charitable objectives under the NGO Coordinating Act of 1990 and are operating illegal bank accounts with Citi Bank and NIC Bank.

“The purpose of this communication therefore is to direct Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu and We the People to cease with immediate effect all its political activities in Kenya including all electoral related programmes and desist from all and any engagements with legally registered charitable organisations in Kenya,” he ordered.

The board further indicated that the two organisations received Sh36 million from George Soros Foundation to propagate and finance political and criminal operations in Kenya. Meanwhile, Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) says its officials will not honour summons to appear before the NGOs Co-ordination Board.

Muhuri chief executive Hassan Abdile said its lawyers have written to the board seeking clarification on accusations leveled against its officials who had been ordered to appear before the board’s investigations and enforcement committee by 10am yesterday.

This came as civil society groups in Mombasa accused the State of engaging in witch-hunt against officials of NGOs that have refused to support it. They claimed summons were part of State scheme to silence dissenting voices, adding that Muhuri was particularly targeted because of many election-related cases it has filed in courts against the government.

Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid claimed that the summons are diversionary tactics by the Jubilee administration to suppress NGOs from producing their reports of the repeat presidential elections which may be used as evidence in Supreme court petitions.

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