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Kenyans in custody after attempts to oppose Museveni

Four Kenyan activists have been arrested outside the Ugandan Embassy along Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi.

 The four were preparing to issue a statement regarding the tensions in Uganda ahead of the Thursday, January 14, General Election.  

Those arrested include Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid, Beatrice Waithera, Ojiro Odhiambo and Yassah Musa.

Following the arrest, Amnesty International (K) has demanded the immediate release of the activists.

“We demand the release of Haki Africa ED Hussein Khalid, Beatrice Waithera, Ojiro Odhiambo and Yassah Musa, who were arrested outside the Ugandan Embassy for speaking against the injustices in Uganda. Standing up for human rights is not a crime,” the NGO wrote on Twitter.

Waithera claimed she was injured in the dramatic arrest enforced by Kenyan police officers.

President Yoweri Museveni has been accused of using the state machinery to muzzle the opposition with campaigns marred by violence and police killings.

Kenyans have raised concerns over the silence of the East African Community member states as chaos hit Uganda.

Earlier during the day, Ugandan Minister of State for the Vice Presidency Baltazar Kasirivu-Atwooki allegedly survived an early morning assassination attempt by unknown gunmen who shot at his car.

Museveni is facing a fierce battle against pop star Bobi Wine. 

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