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Kenya and Uganda govts sued in Arusha

The Government of Uganda and Kenya governments are likely to be arraigned over alleged human rights violations and breach of constitutions, reports the Citizen Newspaper of Tanzania.

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The Government of Uganda and Kenya governments are likely to be arraigned over alleged human rights violations and breach of constitutions, reports the Citizen Newspaper of Tanzania.

The arraignment follows a suit filed at the East African Court of Justice (EACJ). The suit was presented to the Office of the EACJ Registrar in Arusha on Monday, by the vice-president of the regional law body, Aggrey Mwamu.

The paper reports that governments of Uganda and Kenya are being targeted by the East African Law Society, the premier bar association in the region, which filed one case against each.

The government of Uganda government is accused of gross violation of human rights on its citizens who were engaged in ‘walk to work’ protests, leading to some deaths, injuries and destruction of property.

The EALS alleged that the security forces in Uganda were behind arbitrary arrests and killing of innocent people during the chaos “in violation of the very basic tenets of human rights” which guarantee them freedom of speech and movement.

Briefing the media before the case was formally filed at the court chambers located in the Diamond Trust Building along Moshi road in Tanzania; Mwamu said the regional law society was empowered to raise its voice over matters pertaining to human rights violation.

Mwamu argued that the arbitrary arrests, beating of people and killing that followed were against the EAC Treaty articles and clauses on good governance and adherence to human rights as agreed upon by all the five partner states.

The government of Kenya on the other hand is accused of the unconstitutional extradition of Kenya citizens to Uganda to face charges related to terrorist activities in Kampala in July 2010. EALS officials charged that the Kenyans were handed over to the Uganda authorities, without any legal procedures being taken. These included extradition formalities that are required to transfer a suspect to another country.

Officials of the EACJ said after the cases were filed that summons would be served on the governments of Uganda and Kenya within 14 days. Thereafter, the court would convene a pre-trial meeting to determine when the cases would be heard.

 

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