Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has challenged human rights defenders in the country to contest for political positions and wrestle political power from “barons who are taking us nowhere”.
Mr Mutunga said that time has come for the human right activists to seek elective positions and use them to “fight from within” for the better of the country instead of complaining that politics is a dirty game as they watch the country being “looted”.
He said that the greatest defence that human rights defenders can ever get is by contesting for political power and not being neutral to the oppression and the kind of political leadership Kenya has.
“I know a lot of you still believe in political non-partisanship but you cannot be neutral in this country to the oppression and the kind of political leadership that we have. But the greatest defence we will ever get as human rights defenders is when you contest for political power.
He was speaking on Tuesday night at Serena Hotel in Nairobi during the launch of the “Climb for Justice Campaign”, an initiative of the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders.
Dr Mutunga hailed the activists as the people who will liberate the country and become the bridge for the voiceless and the youth.
“It is up to you young people to basically contest for power as quickly as possible and wrestle the political power from the barons who are taking us nowhere,” he said.
His sentiments were echoed by Nairobi Woman Rep Esther Passaris who decried how the rights of women, children and the elderly are being threatened every day.
She said that human rights defenders have stood firm in the fight for the defenceless.