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Clerics oppose anti-terrorism bill

11 July 2012, 13:07 Alloys Musyoka

Council of Imams and preachers of Kenya have vehemently opposed tabling in the parliament the anti terrorism bill saying it is unconstitutional as Kenyans should first give their views.

Sheikh Mohamed Dor the National CIPK Chairman said that it is unconstitutional for the bill to be debated by cabinet and then passed to parliament without getting views from wananchi.

“As much as is important for the bill to be tabled in parliament to be passed as a law there are constitutional procedural which should not be avoided because Kenyans should give a node to the bill by giving their views,” said Sheikh Dor.

Addressing believers at Watamu in Malindi at ceremony where he officially opened a mosque Sheikh Dor added that unless the bill is amended it has given too much power to the government which would amount to abuse of citizen’s bills of rights.

He said the bill gives power to the government to close any religious organization even without investigations.

The cleric said although Muslim communities were opposing the enactment of the bill the way it was it should not be misinterpreted to mean that they support terrorism activities.

Sheikh Dor also asked the government to close links with the United States America as well as shutting its embassy offices in the country claiming US government had no interest of Kenya at heart.

“USA has no interest of our country at heart and so the government should cut any links with them because there is no need of having any dealing with them,” he noted.

He cited the case whet US government pushed for cancellation of oil deal between Kenya and Iran which was meant to save the country from the spiraling fuel prices and other products in the country reduced as a clear indication that the US government had no interest with Kenya.

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