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New anti-terror law draconian, malicious-MP

12 December 2014, 16:51 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Mvita legislator, Abdulswamad Sheriff Nassir has slammed the new anti-terror bill that is currently under debate in Parliament terming it draconian and malicious.

In a press statement issued during his current tour to turkey with the parliamentary committee on investment, Abdulswamad said gagging the media with the laws that can hurt Kenyans is not a solution to terrorism in Kenya.

“We are now squeezed between the police and the terrorists in this fight against terrorism, which is leaving us in an awkward situation,” Abdulswamad said.

The Mvita Mp has also accused the legislators for debating the proposed bill without involving public participation.

He said an advertisement had been placed in the local dailies calling for public participation in the bill had given a timeline of up to December 15, but the legislators are currently discussing the bill.

“The legislators are busy trying to ensure that the bill passes all the stages today (Thursday); this is not only misleading but also malicious,” Abdulswamad said.

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

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

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