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Brutality At The Kenyan Embassy In Stockholm.

The saga concerning the deportation of a sick Kenyan diplomat from Sweden has raised a lot of condemnations towards the top embassy officials. Across section of Kenyans from Scandinavian region have condemned “chief commander of the operation” Hon Purity Muhindi and her deputy Ms Josephine Awour for lacking sympathy and being brutal. Mr. Tarus Mbugua, a member of “Stop Deportation Of Sick People” that helped to stop the deportation of a Kenyan diplomat said that the Kenyan embassy in Sweden is supposed to be ashamed of the action and they need to apologise to the diplomat and his family. The diplomat was being deported on the ground that he was sick and unfit to work. Mr. Mbugua said that the way they treated him was inhuman and this kind of action cannot be tolerated by Kenyans who reside here. Speaking at the same time to Jamii, Pastor Beatrice Kamau said that she knew from day one that the government of Kibaki will employ incompetence people as long as they are from Mt. Kenya. She was not surprised to hear that Purity Muhindi and Josephine Awour engineered the deportation of the diplomat. “Shame on them, how can they treat a fellow Kenyan like that? We are going to make sure that this government of brutality is replaced by a more reliable group like the ODM”, said the preacher. She condemned the action and said that people like Purity Muhindi and company must start packing their staff because their days are over and she must go back to Kenya where she belongs. “She has failed Wakenya and we don’t expect anything new from her”, said Pastor Beatrice.

The diplomat who has been working for the Kenyan government for 19 years is still in Karolinska hospital struggling to recover both from psychological torture from the embassy and his illness. Mr. William, another member of the group that helped to stop the inhuman deportation said that the embassy has been terrorising the diplomat with phone calls and he said that it is time for the embassy to stop the nonsense. “The phone calls are psychologically torturing the diplomat. I would like to ask the Kenyan embassy to stop calling him because they are torturing him”, said William. The diplomat has been surviving for several months without salary and even the child stopped going to school because of school fees. The child now stays with the father at the hospital because he has nothing to do apart from sitting at the hospital with his sick father. Last week they were asked to vacate their house and for now they are literally homeless. The “second commander in chief” Ms Awour Josephine was the one in-charge of the operation under instructions from Hon. Purity Muhindi.

Mr. Tarus Mbogua thanked all Kenyans who have shown solidarity with the family of the diplomat and said the next step is to protest at the Kenyan embassy doorstep to show them how Kenyans in Scandinavia are disappointed in the way they operate. “We are going to coordinate with other Scandinavian countries to participate in the protest”, said Tarus. Mr. Willam, a core member of “Stop Deportation Of Sick People” told Jamii that the International human rights law contains no more basic prohibition than the absolute, unconditional ban on torture and what is known as “cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment.”  Torture and inhuman treatment are forbidden unconditionally, whether in time of peace or war, whether at the local police station or in the face of a major security threat.

Mrs Ruth Kjell, another prominent member of “Stop Deportation Of Sick People” asked all Kenyans who respect human rights to boycott the coming Jamhuri day celebration which takes place next month. She said the protest is necessary because of the failure of the Kibaki regime to provide the people of Kenya with the basic necessities of life as promised. “How can they spend money on buying alcohol to other diplomats while they cannot afford to pay school fee for this young boy who stopped schooling last summer”, posed Ruth. The group has more than 50 members and majority are Kenyans who also accused the government of President Kibaki of what they called “messing the country up.”  They said they don’t understand why the government would spend millions of Kenya money on the celebrations when some of the population does not have clean water, medical care and even food.

The group which said is not motivated by politics continued to attack the Kibaki led government and they said, “Kenyans have no water, they are dying, there is no electricity so what is the priority of an intelligent leader like Kibaki? Why can’t they make water their priority? Their priorities are fancy cars, I million plate lunch, buying jaguars’ luxury, Mercedes and no water,” they said. Ms Sofia Njoroge, a politician in Sweden condemned the ambassador and the foreign ministry in Kenya for trying to deport the diplomat. She reinforced on the rights of children where she said that the rights must be followed by all countries that have signed the universal declaration of human rights. The convention reaffirms that children’s rights require special protection and call for continuous improvement of the situation of children all over the world, as well as for their development and education in conditions of peace and security. The situation of children in many parts of the world remains critical as a result of inadequate social conditions, natural disasters, armed conflicts, exploitation, illiteracy, hunger and disability, and convinced that urgent and effective national and international action is called for. She said it was wrong for the embassy to stop paying school fee for the young boy. She told Jamii that Kenyans must help to see that the boy is back to school and to support the family until when things will be okay.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted by the United Nations in November 1989, spells out the basic human rights to which children everywhere are entitled. It has since been ratified by all governments except the richest, the United States of America, and one of the poorest, Somalia. The important role of the United Nations Children’s Fund and of that of the United Nations is to promote the well-being of children and their development. The following sections of the Convention are of particular interest to anyone concerned about the relationship between children and young people. When the Kenya embassy in Sweden was kicking the child out of the house, did they know that Kenya has signed the convention?

Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. Article 2: Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it is independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any /other limitation of sovereignty. Article 3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. Article 4: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Article 25: Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

We hope that this is going to be a good lesson to other diplomats. It can happen to anyone. Meanwhile our doctor who was sent here in Sweden on a fast class ticket to accompany the diplomat will go back to Kenya with a shopping bag from Åhlens where she bought some Christmas present to her family after her mission was humbled by Wakenya in Stockholm. She will go back to Kenya singing “Stockholm Ina Wenyewe Na Ukiwaletea, Watakubebea” For sure “Jogoo ya mashambani, haiwiki mjini”. She came with an old song called “Do You Know Who I am” Little did she know that she was in Stockholm and not in Nairobi. By the time she realized that she was in a land of human rights and democracy, she jumped back in the embassy’s car and drove away like small untrained thief who wanted to steal a human being. Shame on you!  Daktari, Karibu Sana Sweden.

Munala wa Munala.

NovemberUTCbTue, 27 Nov 2007 12:33:32 +0000000000pmTue, 27 Nov 2007 12:33:32 +000007 19, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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