Court dismisses case filed by Muhuri against government

Written By: Ben Chumba

The rights group argues that on April 7, 2015, the IG breached his constitutional mandate by publishing in the Kenya Gazette a list of institutions suspected to be involved in terror-related activities. This, it says, exposed its officers to public odium and injury of character as they were portrayed as persons who support terrorism and terror organisation in the region

The High Court has dismissed a defamation case filed by the Muslims for Human Rights organization (MUHURI) against the government for allegedly linking it with terror activities in the country. 

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In dismissing the petition, Justice Dora Chepkony ruled that the Muslims for Human Rights organization had filed the case outside the stipulated statutory period.

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In the suit, MUHURI argued that its reputation, and of people associated with the organization, had been dented by the government’s gazette notice accusing the organization of funding terror activities in the country.

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MUHURI argued that it could not conduct its activities when the government closed its accounts.

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In her verdict, Justice Chepkony said the organization had filed the case out of the stipulated one-year period.

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In 2015, the government listed over 80 individuals and entities, including MUHURI, as an associate of a militant group, Al-Shabaab, following the Garissa University attack.


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