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CORD raises alarm over plan to hand KDF more power

03 August 2015, 14:03 William Korir

Nairobi - The CORD coalition has raised alarm over a plan to have the Kenya Defence Forces financially independent and give President Uhuru Kenyatta express powers to handle the armed forces.

The plan, contained in the Kenya Defence Forces Amendment Bill 2015 will see the KDF The KDF get far reaching powers.

For example, the Bill, an amendment to the 2012 version, gives the military financial autonomy and powers among them involvement in internal security under their own command.

This will mean that they cease to serve under the Inspector General of Police when they take on internal tasks.

" This bill is very sinister and I urge MPs to reject it because it seeks to turn Kenya into a military state," he said.

His Mombasa counterpart Hassan Omar also termed the proposal a bad joke.

" I do not think they are serious at all. This is a bad bad joke and should be treated with the contempt it deserves," he added.

The Bill also absolves the military from parliamentary financial scrutiny and gives the President powers to extend the tenure of the Chief of Defense Forces.

" Why would the President need to extend such tenures when the constitution is already clear on such matters? This is seeking ways to undermined the Constitution," Khalwale added.

According to Omar, the move will threaten to derail Kenya's democratic space and risk taking it towards countries like Burundi and Rwanda.

" This is a risky move. Countries like Burundi started like this. Granting powers to the President to deal with the military which are not necessary," he added.

The government has in the past sought to deny fears that it is forming a military state, which have been bourne thanks to several moves, which has included appointing former military chiefs in public positions as well as the strengthening of the National Youth Service NYS.

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