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December 15, 2018

Police probes alleged harassment of CJGEA workers for defending environment

2015 Goldman Environmental Award winner and founder member of the CJGEA Phyllis Omido with environment activist Steve Omollo on February 14 / JOHN CHESOLI
2015 Goldman Environmental Award winner and founder member of the CJGEA Phyllis Omido with environment activist Steve Omollo on February 14 / JOHN CHESOLI

Police have started investigations into the alleged harassment and intimidation of workers of the Centre for Justice Governance and Environmental Action.

This was after CJGEA on March 6 met with the Director of Public Prosecutions.

On April 6, police started interviewing CJGEA members who had allegedly received threats or had been trailed.

CJGEA executive director Phyllis Omido said harassment and threats started after the service notice in a local newspaper on February 2, to Metal Refinery EPZ Ltd and Penguin Paper over pollution litigation case.

In a statement, Omido said, “Countless environmental activists are harassed and threatened for defending the environment against logging, mining and uncontrolled development.” 

She said mega infrastructure projects like the SGR and oil drilling in Turkana has contributed to environmental degradation.

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