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Nkaissery breaks ranks with CORD

14 January 2015, 13:38 William Korir

Nairobi - The Security Bill is a must for the country, regardless of opposition noises about it, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has said.

Nkaissery says that the law is necessary for the battle against insecurity to be won, stating that unless legislation is improved, then beating terrorists and bad elements will be difficult.

He also insisted that regardless of the CORD coalition stance, of which he has been a part of was ill timed and not representative of the needs of Kenyans.

" The Security Law is a must. It is necessary for the country if we are to fight terrorism and lift the levels of security in the country," he said of the law.

The CORD coalition has claimed that the Law infringes on basic rights of Kenyans, something Nkaissery feels is wrong.

" If we are serious about security then we must support this law. Any other reasoning is not in support of this initiative to ensure Kenya is safe," he added.

The comments will be a blow to the CORD coalition and the Orange Democratic Movement ODM, a party that has sponsored Nkaissery to parliament in recent times.

The former Kajiado Central MP said that he was still a member of ODM when he was elected as CS for Interior but with his new responsibilities, will have to take sides with the government.

And with the National Alliance party TNA already pushing hard for the vacant seat left by Nkaissery, it could be a double blow for ODM if they lose the March 16 by election.

" It would be a body blow for ODM if they lose the election. Best case scenario is they retain the seat and life goes on, but with the way things have been going, it is likely they will lose it. A huge blow indeed," political analyst Simon Mbugua says.

Nkaissery is expected to change the face of interior security in the country, having already made a number of changes to modes of operation in the country.

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