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KHRC Appoints Interim Chair as Makau Mutua Steps Aside

by Zablon Ondari
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Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance spokesman Makau Mutua has stepped down as the chairperson of the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC).

Prof Mutua resigned from the position to concentrate on his new role as the spokesperson of the Raila Odinga presidential campaign secretariat in Nairobi.

Following his exit, KHRC has appointed Davinder Lamba as an interim chair of the board.

In a statement issued in Nairobi on Thursday, 30th June the KHRC board described Davinder as an “activist who bears scars of his battles like a badge of honour”.

“Davinder has been a member of the KHRC board for many years and has an exemplary and distinguished record in the human rights and social justice movements at all levels,” read part of the statement.

“Once described as an ‘activist who bears scars of his battles like a badge of honour’, Davinder’s quest for justice stretches back to the early post-independence years, making him one of the longest-serving and most indefatigable activists in Kenya and beyond.”

Davinder was the first Kenyan architecture student to pursue a master’s degree in environmental studies at the Toronto-based York University.

He has been the Executive Director of Mazingira Institute, one of the foremost and oldest civil society organisations (CSOs), established in 1978.

In thw 1990s he was the co-convener of the National Convention Executive Council (NCEC). He has also been the leader of Operation Firimbi, an initiative focused on “whistle-blowing” or exposing and confronting corruption and other governance excesses.

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