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Frustration for CORD as Security laws remain in force

24 December 2014, 15:02 William Korir

Nairobi - The government has been given 5 days to respond to a plea by the opposition and human rights groups to have the security laws revoked.

Judge Isaac Lenaola said that it was only fair to allow the government respond to the plea by the opposition coalition CORD and Kenyan Human Rights Commission to have the laws revoked.

This followed an appeal from the Attorney General's office to be given time to read through the plea as presented to the court.

" The court feels that the five days provided will be sufficient for the respondent to acquit themselves with the case presented to the court, he said.

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.

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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