Police on Wednesday arrested two activists as they dispersed and teargassed hundreds protesting in Nairobi over political violence in Sudan that has claimed hundreds of lives.
The rights groups including, Kenya Human Rights Commission and other Sudanese nationals had started the march at freedom corner at Uhuru Park before being dispersed.
The defiant protestors, however, declined to disperse and instead started singing the national anthem and others chanting against the continued forceful military impact on the Sudanese civilians.
Led by the Kenya Human Rights Commission Executive Director George Kegoro, the activists said they are concerned by the continued silence by African heads of state, on a matter that threatens the region’s peace and security.
“We are extremely concerned about the silence by African leaders because what is happening in Sudan has a huge direct implication for the region. If Sudan unhinges the way it is threatening to, there will be a huge refugee crisis that affects the entire region,” Keogoro told journalists before police dispersed them.
“South Sudan already has problems and the fact that Sudan was stable it enabled some level of stability in South Sudan. Now if we have South Sudan unstable, and Sudan becomes unstable, we are going to have a movement of people who feel insecure coming down to the borders of Kenya and Uganda,” he said
According to Kegoro, police had been notified of the march and even granted the protesters a permit.
Central Officer Commanding Station Simon Kerich however, restricted the gathering by the protesters to Uhuru Park.
Earlier in June 2019, more than a hundred Sudanese civilians were killed by the transitional military force during a sit-in protest outside Army Headquarters in Khartoum.
The civilians were demanding a civilian led government after the former president Omar Al Bashir was ousted by the military coup