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URGENT: Update from Central Police Station - ailing elderly women, deplorable conditions and what you can do

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  • George Nyongesa
    Dear friends and comrades, please below urgent message. ... From: Bunge la Mwananchi Subject: Re: Breaking news - Elderly women
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 25, 2009
      Dear friends and comrades, please below urgent message.

      --- On Sat, 12/26/09, Bunge la Mwananchi <mwananchibunge@...> wrote:

      From: Bunge la Mwananchi <mwananchibunge@...>
      Subject: Re: Breaking news - Elderly women collapse at Central Police Station
      To: "George NYONGESA" <grnyongesa@...>
      Date: Saturday, December 26, 2009, 7:23 AM

      Dear Kenyans and friends of Kenya,


      By way of further update - last night, the ailing elderly heroines of Kenya not taken to Nairobi Women's hospital for the urgent medical attention they required. Instead, the police simply administered some attempt at first aid and locked them up again for the night. As we write this morning, these courageous women continue to suffer behind bars. We urgently require to secure their release. The rest of those arrested protested vehemently to the extent that they would not allow the police into the cells last night.


      The male inmates have been denied food and water since yesterday. The supplies supporters and family have been taking to them were rounded up last night and distributed to other prisoners or kept in the office of the OCS. These gallant men are not being allowed to join other prisoners at meal times. The room in which they are being held is next to the overflowing toilet facility. The bulbs were last night unscrewed from the toilets which makes it impossible to venture in. In addition, their shoes and socks were taken last night leaving them barefooted. The water to the toilet serving 125 prisoners was turned off immediately the group was brought in on Thursday. There have been attempts to isolate some amongst the group from the others but the others have been resisting.


      This email is an urgent appeal to fellow Kenyans and friends of Kenya to step up to defend these people who courageously sacrificed theirs and their families' Christmas in order that the perpetrators of impunity may be loudly and clearly made aware of grassroot Kenyans' indignation at and intolerance to their continued impunity.


      Even if you are not a member of the media, lawyer, human rights activist or a member of the civil society by any other design, you can still do something:


      1. You can circulate this email to someone who can do something

      2. You can visit those arrested since some of their families may not even be aware where they are - warm clothing is also required in addition to food. Glucose will be helpful for waning energies. Your smile and word of encouragement will keep spirits up.

      3. You can sms or call your MP and register your opinion

      4. You can sms or call your MP and petition for the immediate and unconditional release of those arrested

      5. You can petition the police commissioner and the officer in charge of the police station - especially concerning the elderly women and medical attention

      6.  You can petition the office of the president and the prime minister and minister of justice and constitutional affairs

      7.  If you are a doctor you can visit and offer your professional service to those who require it at the police station

      8.  The international community and members of the diplomatic community in Kenya are also able to offer support without interference.

      9. You can contribute to a kitty of money that will go towards bail when that is eventually offered. Remember there are about 22 people behind bars, who are largely unable to raise bail money should it be required. If we get an early start in this regard, it will shorten their stay behind bars as soon as it is possible to get them out on bail.

      10. You can pray for God is a God of justice and is especially concerned for the welfare of widows, orphans and the oppressed.


      Most important of all, generate as much public interest as possible.


      Show up by the numbers. Especially in court on Monday 28th morning (we will communicate which court it is as soon as we know - however, if you are at the police station early Monday morning you will be able to accompany them and show solidarity with them and their families).


      The point is that each of us can do something. We urge you to do so. Your voice and your action make a real difference no matter how small.


      We are grateful for the coverage received so far by certain media houses but urge them and their collegues in other media houses to continue to support Kenya's liberation by continuing to cover this matter and according it the grave importance it deserves.


      We are also grateful for the lawyers who have attempted to secure the release and urge them to keep supporting us in this regard.


      Thanks also to members of the civil society who have been to Central Police Station and endured the uphill task of getting to see and speak with those incarcerated.


      Thank you to the online community that continues to spare time to discuss their sentiment over prevailing conditions and how a difference can be made. Thank you for those that have contacted someone they know in an influential position seeking to assist those arrested.


      Thank you for the self-sacrificing families of our comrades.


      In solidarity,

      Bunge la Mwananchi Secretariat


      On Fri, Dec 25, 2009 at 8:17 PM, Bunge la Mwananchi <mwananchibunge@...> wrote:
      Dear Kenyans and friends of Kenya,
      By way of update - the old ladies aged 65, 63 and 55 are still in custody at Central Police Station Nairobi. One has collapsed a short moment ago and the other two are really vomiting.  Efforts are being made to have these heroines urgently taken to Nairobi Women's Hospital for medical attention.
      We request your support in lobbying for and securing the immediate release of at least the elderly women and at best the whole group. After being re-arrested late yesterday evening after being set free at the Kibera Law Courts, the group were held overnight and all day today. There has still not been any cash bail option offered to the group.
      We will continue to keep you updated. In the meantime we urge you to continue lobbying for these arrests and the reasons behind the demonstration to remain in the public headlines. Thank you for your support.
      Bunge la Mwananchi Secretariat

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