Court to rule on legality of Security Laws Friday
29 December 2014, 18:47
Nairobi - The High Court will rule on the constitutionality of the controversial Security Laws on Friday.
Judge Isaac Lenaola said Monday after submissions from the petitioners, CORD coalition and Kenyan Human Rights Commission, and reaction from the government, that he would make a decision on the matter Friday.
The Laws are being contested by the two parties, with the first lot stating that they are out of line and the government arguing that they are within the law.
The CORD 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.
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.
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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