CORD fails in plea to suspend controversial Security law
23 December 2014, 15:53
Nairobi - The High Court has denied a plea by the CORD coalition to suspend the controversial Security laws until the government is allowed to respond to the case.
The coalition presented its plea Tuesday before High Court judge Isaac Lenaola seeking the laws be revoked, their basis being that they are unconstitutional.
But Lenaola refused the argument, stating that the government first be furnished with the suit papers and both parties appear before him Wednesday for hearing of the case.
The coalition, led by Siaya Senator James Orengo argued that the law, assented to last week by president Uhuru Kenyatta has no standing in Kenyan law.
He said that the law infringes basic rights of Kenyans such as right to fair trial and detention and also granted the government power to revoke citizenship if it deemed necessary.
Orengo further argued that the law was passed in the wrong manner in parliament as some members were standing, which is in contravention of house standing orders.
Also, he stated that Kenyans were not allowed time to air their views on the laws.
The coalition named the people of Kenya and the government as respondents to the case.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has stated that in signing the law, the government has more power to deal with acts of terror and radicalization, which have hit the country hard in recent years.
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