EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 32/10/93
6 April 1993
Further information on UA 58/93 (AFR 32/07/93, 4 March 1993) - Fear for safety
KENYA:Wangari Maathai (female) - environmentalist, opposition activist
Professor Wangari Maathai is no longer in hiding and no longer has serious
fears for her safety. She presented herself in court in mid-March and was
informed that there was no charge pending against her. The judge granted bail
in advance in case she was arrested for any bailable charge. She has not been
arrested or charged with any offence, and the police have reportedly denied
that they are looking for her.
However, a public meeting and a subsequent prayer-meeting which she had called
about the issue of the "clashes victims" - people killed in ethnic disturbances
in Rift Valley Province in February 1993 - were banned by the police. She is
evidently also barred from visiting the clash areas. She is said to be taking
her own precautions for her safety.
John Makanga, who was also campaigning on behalf of the clashes victims, is
still facing a possible charge of "distributing seditious publications", namely
a leaflet written by Professor Wangari Maathai. He is free on bail and is now
suing the government for the injuries he received when being arrested on 25
February 1993 (see UA 54/93, AFR 32/06/93, 2 March 1993 and follow-up of 15
No further action is required from the Urgent Action Network. Thank you to
all those who sent appeals on behalf of Wangari Maathai.