The NGO Co-ordination Board has written to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations urging it to immediately shut down the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) and arrest its directors.The Board’s Executive Director Fazul Mahamed has also advised the Central Bank of Kenya to freeze all its bank accounts since it is operating illegally.
“AfriCOG is not registered under the NGOs Co-ordination Act 1990 as stipulated by the law. Infact, “Fazul states, “AfriCOG is and continues to operate as a charitable organisation in direct contravention of section 22(1) which according to the Act is an offence punishable by law.” An offence which Fazul submits, attracts the penalty of an 18-month jail term.
AfriCOG which is chaired by John Githongo and whose board members include Maina Kiai and Gladwell Otieno was party to the last presidential petition with Kethi Kilonzo as its legal representative. The action follows the de-registration of another high profile Kenyan non-profit, the Kenya Human Rights Commission on Monday, a day before they were set to file a petition challenging the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
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