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Kenyan activists arrested outside Ugandan embassy

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Four Kenyan human rights activists have been arrested outside the Ugandan embassy in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

They had gathered to issue a press statement to condemn police brutality against the opposition in Uganda, where elections is to be held on Thursday.

The four who are now being held for questioning include Hussein Khalid, the head of rights group Haki Africa, and journalist Yassah Musa.

Amnesty International has demanded the immediate release of the activists following the arrest.

“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.

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

Earlier on Wednesday, 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.

This comes just a day after media personality Jeff Koinange’s interview with Ugandan presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu also known as Bobi Wine, was abruptly cut short on Tuesday, following a raid on the politician’s home.

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