Ten international and national human rights organizations have scored the performance of the ruling Jubilee administration led by President Uhuru Kenyatta at 46 per cent.
With only 29 days left to the end of his tenure the organisations listed the failures, successes and Impunity of the Jubilee administration for the past 10 years in a report released at a hotel in Nairobi County.
According to the organisation’s the President promised economic transformation, national unity, free maternal care, and improved education standards as he kicked off his tenure with Kenyans welcoming these commitments.
“While the report acknowledges that there have been important achievements, there have also been grave and consistent lapses in protecting Kenyans against human rights violations,” Amnesty boss Irungu Houghton said.
Irungu further said that despite persistent documentation, media publicity and actions by oversight agencies, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances have neither been eliminated nor reduced.
“Unconstitutional, forceful, and inhumane evictions of tens of thousands of Kenyans across informal settlements and forests within Kenya violated the victims’ right to adequate housing and livelihoods,” Irungu said.
Some of other notable instances the organization listed as failures by the Uhuru led administration include the failure to operationalize the Public Benefits Organization Act (2013) and the introduction of the Security Laws Amendments (2014).
The organization’s claimed the amendments interfered with the independence of civil society organizations, key independent constitutional offices, and undermined freedom of assembly and expression.
“The Uhuru led administration has been an enemy of the people by all means from food insecurity to corruption, it has been one hellish of a ride,” human rights activist Wanjiru Wanjira said
Wanjiru also says the government has failed in matters of gender-based violence and extra judicial killings of our youths
She further says the Uhuru led administration has blatantly ignored Wanjiku by making decisions without sitting down with the common mwananchi
“The next government should respect the right to life, because when people wake up to vote they want a better life for themselves after 60 years of independence,” Wanjiru said.
The report by the organizations, however, acknowledges that there have been important achievements, especially in infrastructure development, health access and promotion of rights of intersex people.
They further acknowledged the increase in access to improved health facilities across the country, especially in Nairobi catalysed by the existential threat of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This according to the report increased access to medical facilities and vaccines undoubtedly saved many lives in the Uhuru’s led administration second term.
The ten human rights organizations and trade unions include The Nubian Rights Forum, The People’s Health Movement (PHM), White Ribbon Alliance, Umande Trust, Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentist Union (KMPDU), Pamoja Trust, HIVOS, Wangu Kanja Foundation, Defenders Coalition and Amnesty International Kenya.