Francis Sakwa being manhandled by police officers at a past protest. The activist was arrested on Sunday, (Photo/ @InsecurityKE)

Francis Sakwa being manhandled by police officers at a past protest. The activist was arrested on Sunday, (Photo/ @InsecurityKE)

Kenyans on social media have reacted angrily to the arrest of activist Francis Sakwa. Sakwa, a passionate advocate for human rights and social justice, was reportedly arrested by Flying Squad agents on Sunday evening in the Ngara area where friends say he was organizing a demonstration over land grabbing.

Those in the know say Sakwa was arrested by the Flying Squad agents from the Parklands police station just hours after attending a vigil for the victims of the Garissa University College terror attack in Mathare.

There is speculation that Sakwa’s arrest has something to do with his signing on to a petition asking the National Land Commission to act against “private developers” who have grabbed a piece of land near the Country Bus Station in Nairobi.

Given his unquestionable credentials as an activist for positive social change, Sakwa’s arrest has elicited angry reactions from ordinary members of the public, journalists and prominent politicians alike:

The arrest has also invited unflattering comparisons to the Moi regime when such arrests were part for the course. Coming in the wake of the slow and ultimately costly security response to the terror attack at Garissa University College, some Kenyans are questioning whether the people who are supposed to protect them have their priorities in order.

Posts from a Facebook account that hasn’t been authenticated as belonging to Sakwa appear to suggest that he has been released but the fact that his wife recorded a statement at Huruma Police Station this morning contradicts that.

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Update.

Latest reports indicate that Sakwa has been found in Voi. He was reportedly left there after being abducted by unknown men and put in the boot of a car. The unknown men also took away the activist’s phone.