Groups Claim Kenya Is Using Police to Crush Dissent

Police claim they're investigating "insurrection" plans by opposition candidates


Civil rights activists accused Kenya's new government on Tuesday of using the police to crush dissent, following the interrogation of a political aide to Kenya's foremost opposition leader over an alleged plan to foster an insurrection.

Eliud Owalo, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga's campaign manager during his presidential bid this year, was interviewed by officers with the Criminal Investigation Department for a second time on Monday on allegations he plotted to initiate "an Egyptian-style uprising," said his lawyer Harun Ndubi.

The department alleged that Owalo has received or is about to receive money from foreign sources to instigate trouble, and that he has been holding secret meetings with youth as part of the plan to cause chaos, according to Ndubi.