High Court suspends controversial Security Law
02 January 2015, 11:00
Nairobi - The High Court has suspended some sections of the controversial Security Law, pending consultations over their constitutionality.
The court suspended clauses 12,16, 26, 29, 48, 56, 58 and 64 of the security laws amendment Act to pave way for better understanding of the clauses.
Justice George Odunga said that the constitutionality of the clauses was in question and that the case would be referred to the Supreme Court for interpretation.
He directed that a three judge bench be constituted by the Chief Justice to hear the case.
The Laws have been heavily rebuked by the opposition CORD coalition as well as members of the civil society who argue that basic rights will be infringed.
The presidency has however noted the need for the law to help the country fight terrorism with its full power.
Chief Justice Willy Mutunga will be expected to constitute the bench within 14 days even though it is expected he will name a team within the next 48 hours.
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