CORD dismay as Senate declines to debate controversial security laws
30 December 2014, 19:00
Nairobi - The Senate has declined to debate the controversial security laws, stating that the matter must first be dealt with in court.
The CORD coalition, led by minority leader Moses Wetangula had moved to the house to seek ways of stalling the recently enacted bill, claiming it was unconstitutional.
The coalition had been allowed a special seating by speaker Ekwe Ethuro to discuss the bill but in a heated but civil debate Tuesday, it was decided that the debate not go on until the High Court decides on a case by CORD over the bill.
Ethuro said that until the ruling, which will be made Friday is effected, there is no way the house will step on the toes of the courts.
" We are the ones in court (Pointing to the fact that CORD Senators have presented the case in court), so it would not make much sense to debate a matter we have already presented elsewhere. We will wait to see what comes out of that first," he said.
Wetangula and other CORD leaders were unhappy to say the least about the decision.
" It is immoral that the Jubilee coalition with its numbers is dictating everything, whether right or wrong. It is very disappointing, he said of the matter.
In the special sitting, CORD had expected to push for resolutions that will declare the already in effect
laws null and void.
Their reasoning was that the laws were passed
without direct input from the Senate as required by law and that they
are thus illegal.
Led by minority leader Moses Wetangula, who
asked for the special sitting, they were to rally for support from pro Jubilee
coalition Senators to have the bill revoked, a move that did not eventually materialize.
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