Kenya security agents on Wednesday arrested four anti-Museveni Campaign activists in the Capital Nairobi as they were slated to issue a statement condemning the Ugandan President.
Haki Africa Executive Director Hussain Khalid, Beatrice Waithera, Yassah Musa and Ojiro Odhiambo were arrested outside Uganda house, which hosts the Ugandan Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.
The four were to Central Police Station according to right groups Amnesty International and ICJ-Kenya. It was not immediately clear what charges they faced.
Journalists had already arrived for the event when a contingent of police officers arrived and bundled the activists into a waiting a vehicle.
“We demand the release of the four human rights defenders arrested outside the Ugandan Embassy for speaking against injustices in Uganda and demanding for a free and fair election. Freedom of assembly is a right! #UgandaDecides2021,” ICJ-Kenya tweeted following the arrests.
Other right groups under a campaign tagged #MissingVoiceKE said, “the four were arrested for standing up against #PoliceBrutality and other human rights violations in Uganda.”
The human rights organizations all called for their immediate release.
At estimated 18 million Ugandans will participate in Thursday’s election that has attracted 10 candidates including incumbent President Yoweri Museveni who has ruled for three decades.