Haki Yetu Organization wishes to express its outrage and condemnation at the frequent incidences of violence witnessed in Mombasa, involving supporters of two gubernatorial aspirants namely Suleiman Shabhal and Abdulswamad Sharrif Nassir.
On atleast two occasions in the past month (Azimio Rally at Tononoka on February 20th, and on the International Women’s Day Celebrations at Tononoka on 8th March); supporters of the two candidates have clashed violently, disrupting the respective functions and injuring many in the process.
As an organization that consistently handles cases of violence against women, we are particularly horrified and disturbed, that supporters of the two aspirants would choose to disrupt a celebration of women. It is not lost on us that women have always been the biggest victims of violence during elections.
We are dismayed that neither of the aspirants has condemned the violence nor made effort to discipline or show leadership to their many followers.
We call on the NCIC to call both politicians to order and to hold them responsible for the violence by their supporters. We demand of the police to arrest the perpetrators of the violence and prefer appropriate charges on them.
The election is 5 months away, and unless this is nipped in the bud immediately, then we can expect there to be more violence and possible loss of life before the 9th August 2022 elections in Mombasa. Their actions could further disrupt the already ailing business and tourist industry in Mombasa.
FR Gabriel Dolan, ED Haki Yetu Peter Kazungu, PM Haki Yetu