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Further information on UA192/91 (AFR 32/21/91, 7 June) - Kenya: medical concern / prisoner of conscience: Kenneth Matiba

, Index number: AFR 32/021/1991

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 32/21/91
Distr: UA/SC
10 June 1991
Further information on UA 192/91 (AFR 32/20/91, 7 June 1991) - Medical
Concern/Prisoner of Conscience
KENYA: Kenneth Matiba
Kenneth Matiba was freed from detention on 9 June 1991, while still in Nairobi
Hospital, on the orders of President Moi. The Kenyan authorities denied that
he suffered a stroke but only said that he had been taken to hospital for tests.
No more information is yet available on his medical condition, which is evidently
the reason for his release.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Express and airmail letters:
- welcoming the release of Kenneth Matiba, a prisoner of conscience, from
detention;
- urging that the government does not detain any more people simply for their
non-violent opinions;
- appealing for an independent inquiry into conditions under which political
prisoners are held, in view of the serious and life-threatening medical
complaints suffered in the past few weeks by Kenneth Matiba, Charles Rubia
and Gitobu Imanyara (all prisoners of conscience) as a result of harsh conditions
of imprisonment and denial of adequate medical treatment or regular family
access.
APPEALS TO:
President Daniel arap Moi
President of the Republic of Kenya
Office of the President
P O Box 30510
Nairobi, Kenya
COPIES TO:
Mr James Mareka
Commissioner of Prisons
Kenya Prison Service HQ
PO Box 30175
Nairobi, Kenya
Assistant Commissioner Geoffrey Kinoti
Kenya Police HQ
PO Box 30083
Nairobi, Kenya
Mr Amos Wako
Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General
PO Box 40112
Nairobi, Kenya
Mr Mwai Kibaki
Minister of Health
Ministry of Health
PO Box 30016
2
Nairobi, Kenya
and to diplomatic representatives of Kenya in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS AS SOON AS YOU CAN.

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