Blaine Harden seems to have selected, quite deliberately, specific incidents that seem to justify his preconceived attitude {"Kenya Moves to Counter Human Rights Criticism," Sept. 10}. The thrust of the article was, to say the least, hostile and malicious in intent.

For example, in the story Mr. Harden insulted Kenya's head of state by quoting remarks attributed to an unnamed Scandinavian diplomat, who said: "Moi has been accused of everything in our newspapers but eating small children."

I would like to point out, for those who may not know, that there are a few individuals who, because of their own criminal acts, have run away from Ken-ya to other countries, including the United States. These persons have formed a clandestine Marxist organization known as "Mwakenya." These are the people who are misleading both our friends and enemies on the so-called human rights violations. They are wanted for crimes committed in Kenya. They advocate overthrowing the democratically elected government through force and substituting it with an authoritarian Marxist regime.

As for the two gentlemen referred to in the article, who died in police custody, the facts are as follows:

Peter Karanja, under investigation for belonging to Mwakenya, died in the hospital while undergoing treatment. The autopsy was carried out in the presence of his family. In accordance with our laws, an inquest is scheduled to take place this month.

Stephen Karanja (not related to Peter) was apprehended for suspected criminal activities; while being questioned by the police he disclosed that there was a cache of arms somewhere in a forest in Eldoret. He then attempted to run away from the police. The police, in an effort to stop him, aimed for his legs and unfortunately shot him in the back, and he died. An inquest into the circumstances of his death is before the court and will come to light at the court hearings. Trials and inquests in my country are open to members of the public and the press. Mr. Harden is therefore welcome to attend these hearings.

Gibson Kamau Kuria was detained after it was found that he was a member of Mwakenya and had engaged in subversive activities threatening the security of the state. Mr. Kuria and 11 others were detained under the Preservation of Public Security Act after careful scrutiny of their activities and strictly in accordance with the law. The laws of Kenya stipulate that they be provided with grounds for their detention within reasonable time, and their detention is publicly announced. The law also provides for their cases to be reviewed periodically by the Detainees Review Tribunal. I should also stress that Kenya has been using the Preservation of Public Security Act since independence only as a last resort.

It is thus incorrect to suggest that there are mass detentions in Kenyaor that the few who have been de-tained are detained unlawfully.

I would like to reiterate that Kenya is strongly committed to the rule of law. Our president, who was popularly elected, is the foremost defender of the rule of law and cherishes the sanctity of human life. ABUKI BWONGERI Press, Embassy of Kenya Washington