16 August 2017

Kenya: Fazul Mahamed's NGOs Board Is an Illegal Outfit - KNCHR

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Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i when he appeared before the National Assembly’s Education Committee in October. Friend and foe admire his reforms.

The NGO Coordination Board which has been shutting down non-profits is operating illegally, the national rights defender has said.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) on Wednesday said the NGO Act, which created the board headed by Mr Fazul Mahamed, was repealed.

The NGO law, KNCHR Chairperson Kagwiria Mbogori said, was replaced by Public Benefit Organisations (PBO) Act 2013 that is yet to take effect.

Ms Mbogori asked acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i to operationalise the PBO Act because his ministry is already in contempt of a court order issued on May 12.

She termed the NGO board's attacks on Kenya Human Rights Commission and Africa Center for Open Governance as "a breach of the right to fair administration".

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