Boniface Mwangi Arrested is a familiar news headline. Boniface is a world re-known photojournalist and human rights activist, who was arrested earlier this morning by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
Early on Monday morning, Boniface was taken from his home to the Central Police Station. “I have been arrested by @DCI_Kenya from my house. We are headed to Central Police Station. I haven’t been told the reason for my arrest,” he posted on Twitter.
What is a Revolution and is it about to happen in Kenya?Africa's independence was based on a revolution by the freedom fighters. But are Kenyan's free from political, social or economic oppression? Click To Tweet
Revolution: A fundamental and relatively sudden change in political organisation occurring when the population revolts against the government due to political, social or economic oppression.
The British Empire established the East Africa Protectorate in 1895, from 1920 known as the Kenya Colony. The independent Republic of Kenya was formed in 1964. It was ruled as a de facto one-party state by the Kenya African National Union (KANU), led by Jomo Kenyatta during 1963 to 1978.
Africa’s independence was based on a revolution by the freedom fighters. Did we really gain freedom or was the face of oppression and colonialism simply changed? Are Kenyan’s free from political, social or economic oppression?
Statement from Chief Inspector of Police on Boniface Mwangi Arrest:
George Muchiri, the Chief Inspector of Police said that police were looking into an alleged planning of a revolution. This was said to be linked to Boniface Mwangi and is thought to result in civil unrest that will affect peace in Kenya.
“I George Muchiri, a Chief Inspector of Police attached to DCI office in Central Police Station and inquiry into the alleged organization of a revolution likely to cause civil unrest and cause a break down in peace.
I have reason to believe that you Boniface Mwangi have information that may assist me with the inquiry.
Caution: You are not obliged to state anything but should you state down anything, it will be taken down in writing and may be used as evidence,” his statement read.Africa's independence was based on a revolution by the freedom fighters. Are Kenyan's free from political, social or economic oppression? Click To Tweet
Finally Released from the cells but Are we Truly free?
Boniface Mwangi was later released after a few hours of detention and this is what he had to say:
Thank you everyone for your voices. l have been released! Kenyans are angry, hungry and broke. They feel like revolting against bad governance and corruption, and the government is afraid it’s going to happen. Revolution is not treason.
Civil servants, police officers, the military and every single Kenyan is tired. Wamechoka na njaa, umaskini na kukosa kazi. Watu wamechoka kuibiwa. Wamechoka na wizi. The revolution in Kenya will be organic.Boniface Mwangi
A History of Boniface Mwangi’s Human Rights Activism:
Boniface Mwangi has always been vocal about human rights issues. His activism has led to the freedom and safety of many Kenyans over the past 10 years.
Some of the causes he has championed include the securing of Langata Primary School land grabbing, the canceling of MP’s salary increase, a series of public Land-grabbing cases and most recently, the freeing of Bettie Wa Shiro, was arrested following the April 30 demonstrations against corruption in the country.
Boniface Mwangi: Championing for the Rights of Police
Boniface Mwangi’s vocal nature against human rights violations has led to his arrest and illegal detention several times. Ironically, he has also championed for the rights of the very police who arrest him. One such instance was the #PolisiNiRafiki campaign.
This was a push for Better pay, working and living conditions, retraining and police reforms.
In 2012 we organised a pro-police protest and marched all the way to parliament. Today serving police officers have opened a twitter account @polisiNiRafiki1 to fight for better terms. If you own @PolisiNiRafiki handle, you can hand it over to them. #PolisiNiRafikiBoniface Mwangi
Is there really a looming Kenyan Revolution?
Since the police are already talking about the revolution, is it really there? What would a Kenyan revolution look like? Will it be in the best interest of Kenyans?
Looking at the Sudan Uprising, will a Kenyan Revolution have support from the police and military institutions? What would the revolt be about? Is it possible for one man to positively influence the minds of over 40 million Kenyans?
Besides Corruption which is one of Kenya’s biggest ills, we have issues of Unemployment, inadequate healthcare, lack of infrastructure, human rights violations and more… Can we interpret people silence for peace in Kenya?
Boniface Mwangi in Pictures:
Here are some images of previous campaigns: