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Do not panic over KDF Bill, Defence chairman says

05 August 2015, 12:40 Joseph Njung'eh

Nairobi - The Parliamentary Defence and Foreign Affairs committee chairman, Ndung’u Gethenji has lashed out at political leaders opposing Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) amendment Bill 2015.

Gethenji said the politicians are commenting on imaginations since the Bill is yet to be committed to the floor of the national assembly.

“As a chairman and member of the committee, I cannot speak much about the amendments because I will be preempting. But I can tell you politicians led by Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale are opposing imaginations and allegations,” said Gethenji, who is also Tetu MP.

Khalwale had claimed that the Bill will make KDF more independent and powerful if the Bill becomes law.

KDF officers, Khalwale said, were ignorant of the country’s law system and will therefore exploit and misuse excess powers provided by the Bill to frustrate innocent civilians.

The Senator further accused the Jubilee administration of introducing draconian laws to water down public freedom gained under the new constitution.

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However, in response, Gethenji said the lawmakers will consider public sensitivity over the Bill.

“Before we pass any amendments, we must involve public participation and consider their input. The Bill must be faithful to Kenyans and to the spirit of the constitution. No need of raising alarm,” said Gethenji.

He added that the new amendments will address deficiencies in the security departments of the country.

The MP was speaking at his constituency in Miagayuini PCEA church during the funeral service of former Barclays Bank regional director, Meldad Ngunjiri Githaiga who died at 68-year-old.

The ceremony was attended by Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe, Mathare MP Stephen Kariuki and former 2013 Presidential candidate Peter Kenneth.

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