Drama ensued on Saturday, 02 November 2019 after fiery government critic David Ndii was locked out of his much-publicized event.
Drama as fiery government critic David Ndii is locked out of his widely-publicized event [Video]
Event cancelled at the last minute with security beefed up
Accompanied by Yashpal Ghai and activist Maina Kiai, Ndii arrived at the Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) grounds where he was due to deliver a talk titled 'Okoa Mombasa Economy' focusing on the coastal county’s economy.
The team was however treated to a rude shock after they were denied access to the venue of the much-hyped talk.
A video shared by a Mombasa rights group showed the trio, flanked by others addressing the press outside the venue.
We have met here because we have been denied entry into the hall to debate devolution and SGR issues. We had everything in order and had paid up and obtained receipts, but come yesterday in the evening, they called us and told us that the meeting had been broken due to security issues," stated a representative from Muslims Human Rights Commission (MUHURI).
Not even the being locked from the grounds could deter the activist who delivered his message outside the grounds, focusing on the country’s debt crisis and dismissing the extension of the Standard Gauge Railway as a waste of money.
"We as the taxpayers of Kenya are paying for a project that is of no benefit for the common mwananchi. There is no reason, other than private greed, of powerful people to enforce that contract and shift the port logistics from Mombasa. This is state capture," explained Ndii.
Other activists who accompanied the economist decried the treatment, lamenting that it is an attempt to return the country to the dark era.
"These are not the Moi days. We shall not be cowered. We are determined to take them to court. We are going to discuss all the issues plaguing the people and we will not be intimidated at all," narrated an activist from MUHURI.
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