On February 6, 2008, reports indicated that death threats had been made against Ms. Muthoni Wanyeki, Executive Director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), Ms. Gladwell Otieno, Director of the Africa Centre for Open Government, Ms. Njeri Kabeberi, Executive Director of the Centre for Multi-Party Democracy, as well as Mr. Maina Kiai, former Chairman of KHRC and Chair of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, Haroun Ndubi, lawyer and member of the Kenya Domestic Observers Forum, Ndung'u Wainaina, member of the National Convention Executive Council, James Maina, member of Bunge La Mwananchi (the People's Parliament), and David Ndii, co-founder and Director of the Kenya Leadership Institute, a non-profit organization that seeks to raise-awareness on public policy issues, and author of a report on the last elections' irregularities.
These threats seemed to be linked with the denunciation of the irregularities that marred the process and outcome of the latest presidential elections, and with the submission to Kilimani Police Station of a private complaint against the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) with regard to criminal offences (making of false certificates; neglect of duty; disobedience of statutory duty; forgery of judicial or official documents, etc.) by its officers committed in the processing, management and control of the general elections. This submission was made on behalf of the Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice Initiative (KPTJ), a coalition gathering independent NGOs as well as the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, of which some of the above-mentioned defenders are members.
In March 2008, the Law Society sent letters of intervention to Kenyan authorities.
Letter of Intervention