In Summary
  • Chaos rocked Mombasa on Monday as police thwarted a protest by demonstrators, who have been pushing the government to allow transporters carry and nominate cargo at the Mombasa port.
  • The 13 protesters, who included truck drivers and human rights activist, were freed on Monday evening unconditionally.

Police have set free demonstrators who were arrested during a protest against the monopoly use of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

The 13 protesters, who included truck drivers and human rights activist, were freed on Monday evening unconditionally.

They were however required to report back to the Nyali Police Station where they were being detained on Thursday.

'NO CRIME'

“We have been asked to go back on October 10 and report to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations office. We will comply because what we know is that we did not commit any crime, but exercising our constitutional rights,” said Muslim for Human Rights (Muhuri) rapid response officer Francis Auma, who was among those arrested.

Other activists who were also arrested include Haki Africa’s executive director Hussein Khalid, his rapid response officer Mathias Shippeta and another official identified as Michael.

Truck drivers and officials from another lobby group, Fast Action Movement were also arrested and released.

Their release was welcomed with excitement by their supporters, who had camped outside the police station.

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