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Priest and fellow activists arrested in Kenya

Fr Gabriel Dolan and three human rights activists were released from police custody last week after being arrested for obstructing the Vice-President's motorcade.

The four were protesting against landgrabbing. The Government has subsequently agreed to investigate how the land in question was allocated to senior government officials and both in the past and the current Governments. They were waiting to present a memorandum on land grabbing to the vice-president as he visited the Kitale prison.

Sources told The Nation newspaper that Fr Dolan was released after an order from Vice-President Moody Awori.

While Nairobi Archbishop Ndingi Mwana a'Nzeki said Fr Dolan should have consulted with the hierarchy before undertaking the protest, Fr Dolan has received widespread support from other church leaders and the Catholic faithful, including peaceful demonstrations.

But one high level former official demanded immediate deportation of Fr Dolan, accusing him of inciting the local residents.

Priest And Activists Released (The Nation/
Father Dolan defended over arrest fracas (Daily Nation)
Kenyan archbishop criticizes arrested priest (Catholic World News)

Father Dolan censured over arrest fracas (Daily Nation)

11 Nov 2003