Halima Guyo, a Kenyan residing in Huruma Estate, Nairobi County has been behind bars for the last 2 months. Her predicament started in November 2015 when she found herself in the hands of officer of the Kenya Police on patrol who asked for her national identification card which incidentally she had misplaced a while back.
She found herself bundled together with around 400 other people who allegedly came from Ethiopia and hence the only viable option available to them was deportation back to Ethiopia. Halima Guyo tried every means possible to explain to the officers that she was indeed Kenyan, a mother of two and has never even been to Ethiopia. The officers however, insisted that they were Ethiopians and are in Kenya illegally and should be deported back with immediate effect.
Sen. Fatuma Adan Dullo, Vice Chairperson, National Security and Foreign Relations Committee in the country who comes from her area witnessed Halima being forced into the deportation bus together with the others strove to seek justice from all corners but to no avail.
The matter came to Kituo’s attention in December 2015 and advocate Clara Barasa and Gloria Dzuya of the Forced Migration Program took up the matter immediately pursuing it in court to ensure Halima was accorded Justice.
Through various hurdles Clara Baraza argued her case, provided all the relevant documents to ascertain her credibility as a Kenyan and the court finally gave orders on 20th January, 2016. On Thursday, 21st January, 2016, Halima who happens to speak Kiswahili and Kikuyu language was all joyful as she reunited with her family after two trying months behind the bars thanks to the efforts of her Senator and Kituo Cha Sheria.
Kituo Cha Sheria