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Medics oppose anti-terror Bill 2014

15 December 2014, 11:42

Mombasa - The Kenya National Union of nurses (KNUN) are opposed to the proposed security bill saying it is draconian and violates human rights.

The union officials vowed to join hands with other unions and opposition in opposing the passing of the Bill if some clauses are not amended to suit the citizens.

They said the proposed law, which is currently under Parliament scrutiny, when passed will violate rights of Kenya.

The union suffered a blow after some of their health officers were killed during a raid by Al Shabaab militants in Mandera County.

Speaking at a press briefing in Mombasa, the KNUN Secretary General Seth Panyako said the union will not sit and watch human rights being violated.

He said the Bill is going to gag the media from executing its mandate as enshrined in the constitution.

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"We ask all other unions to join hands in ensuring that families that lost their loved ones are compensated by  government," Panyako added.

His sentiments came a day after the Mombasa Senator, Hassan Omar called upon lobby groups in Mombasa to seek legal redress if the Bill is passed into law.

Omar termed the new bill unconstitutional, discriminatory and one that is meant to limit other people's rights.

The Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014, which targets to amend 21 statutes, seeks to introduce new laws that are set to change the way Kenyans handle security and provide, among other things, sweeping powers to the National Intelligence Service (NIS) to arrest and detain terror suspects for one year.

This contradicts the current legal provisions that suspects be presented in court within 24 hours.

Under the new law, the spy agency will have powers to arrest and detain terror suspects whom the NIS officers witness committing serious offenses, find in possession of any object or material that could be used in commission of a serious offense or  in possession of anything that poses a threat to national security.

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