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Opposition plans to hold rallies against new security laws

30 December 2014, 08:27 Samuel Kisika

Bungoma - Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula said the opposition will hold massive rallies in the country if the court fails to stop the implementation of the new security laws.

Wetang'ula who is the Senate's Minority Leader and the CORD coalition's co-principal said the opposition's nationwide rallies will be sensitizing citizens on the need to come out and oppose the enforced Security bill that contravenes the 2010 Constitution's provisions particularly on human rights.

"We will conduct rallies in this entire country that have never been witnessed for citizens to decide because the Constitution says the sovereignty of this nation lies in the hands citizens not in hands of the President, his deputy, the military or anyone else. Citizens are the foremost and final decision makers," said Wetang'ula.

He accused the Jubilee government of attempting to limit Kenyans from enjoying their fundamental constitutional rights in preparation for 2017 general elections.

"They say that when a police officer suspects you as a terrorist, he arrests you and locks you in for six months without you saying anything. The registrar of persons can cancel your ID any time they want yet the ID is very important to every Kenyan citizen," said Wetang'ula.

"You can use it to apply for Uwezo Funds, employment, joining the Police Force and register as a voter yet one person wants you to miss out all these privileges. Everything you want in this country you must have the ID," he added.

Also read: Court to rule on legality of Security Laws Friday

Wetang'ula had written to the Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro requesting for a special sitting for the House to deliberate on the legalities the National Assembly followed in legislating and approving the Security Bill that was recently signed into law by the President without the Senate's involvement as normally done on some critical bills.

The special sitting is to be convened on Tuesday afternoon.

President Uhuru Kenyatta's approval of the controversial security bill into law recently attracted criticism from the opposition, civil society and the international community who accused the government of trying to take the country in back days when citizens were not granted their full democratic rights.

The opposition filed a case in court challenging the implementation of the new laws, and the ruling is set for Friday this week.

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