Wednesday, 27 February 2008

How far will Mungiki go?

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Dear Friends and Supporters,

We would like to urge you to take two actions organised by Amnesty International to support the
peace process in Kenya and to protect Wangari Maathai and other human rights defenders.

Urgent Action For Wangari Maathai

Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai received three death threats by mobile phone text message at around 12.30 am on 19 February, which read, “Because of your opposing the government at all times, Prof Wangari Maathai, we have decided to look for your head very soon, you are number three after Were, take care of your life.”

Two people working for her received similar threats on 19 and 21 February. The threats were signed “Mungiki”, the name of an outlawed gang mainly of Kikuyu ethnicity, that has claimed responsibility for beheadings and other murders involving mutilation. Prof Wangari Maathai is a former Member of Parliament. “Number three after Were” refers to MP Melitus Mugabe Were, who was killed outside his home in Nairobi on 29 January. A second MP, David Kimutai Too, was killed in Eldoret town on 31 January.

Prof Wangari Maathai believes the threats were a response to her call for increased pressure on both President Kibaki and opposition Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga to reach an agreement to deal with the political crisis in Kenya, and for her criticisms of politicians allied to the ruling Party of National Unity.

Take Action to protect Wangari Maathai and those defending human rights in Kenya


27th February is a day of public and online action to demonstrate solidarity with the people of Kenya and call on the Kenyan government to protect people from politically-motivated and ethnic violence. There are street protests taking place all around the world.

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