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TNA boss Sakaja fully supports security bill

17 December 2014, 18:28 William Korir

Nairobi - The National Alliance TNA's Johnstone Sakaja says that the highly debated security bill is good for the country and must be supported.

The security bill has caused uproar among those against it, who feel that it will infringe on the rights of Kenyans.

The bill will enable the government to curtail certain freedoms of expression as well as deny the media the space it is constitutionally granted.

Other facets are that it will give the executive the power to make far reaching changes and reforms in the security infrastructure.

According to Sakaja though, the so called rights persons are crying about will not help improve the state of security in the country and that sacrifices simply have to be made.

" My right to throw punches ends where your nose begins," he said Wednesday.

" Whatever needs to be done to secure Kenyans will be done. Kenyans asked the president to be decisive and that is what he will be with the new law," he added.

He further added that the noise being made about the security bill was akin to nothing in the grand scheme of things.

" If you want to conduct an orchestra, you must turn your back to the crowd, otherwise everyone will demand their song be played," he added on the chorus of complaints especially from the opposition.

CORD leader Raila Odinga had earlier outlined 10 reasons he does not want the planned security bill enacted by parliament.

The CORD leader stated equivocally that he will not allow the bill to go through as it will infringe on the rights of Kenyans.

Other CORD leaders too have stated their stand on the matter, as have members of the civil society and Kenyans.

CORD have stated that they will protest in parliament Thursday to stop the enactment of the bill if president Uhuru Kenyatta does not agree to dropping some aspects of the bill.

Here are reasons why Raila does not fancy the bill. 

1 It takes away the right to assemble, demonstrate, picket and present petitions to public authorities by giving the Cabinet secretary power. Trade unions can now be neutralised and political activity, the government would become dictatorial.

2 It introduces a new type of law that makes people responsible for the actions of others. This is what they mean when they say a person convicted of convening a rally, meeting or procession will be made liable for any loss suffered.

3 It takes away the power to declare curfew from the Inspector-General of Police and gives it to the Cabinet secretary. The decision to impose a curfew will not be based on a professional security risk assessment but on political grounds.

4 It restricts the right of the people to receive information if that information is considered “obscene”, “gory” or “offensive”. The Act does not define “obscene”, “gory”, or “offensive” and this will depend on police interpretation.

5 It takes away the right of an accused person to be told what evidence the prosecution has. We saw our President complaining that the prosecution was withholding evidence at the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

6 It requires an accused person to disclose his witnesses and evidence to the police. Our president protested strongly at the ICC when the prosecution applied to Kenya to give the prosecution information.

7 It institutionalises the military into our civilian life by putting them in the Firearms Licensing Board and Inter-agency security advisory committee. As Kenyans, we keep our military out of civilian affairs.

8 It gives the right to police to obtain information from landlords about tenants even in the absence of an investigation. Allowing this is only opening up a new plantation for them to harvest where they did not sow.

9 It brings back to Kenya the dreaded Special Branch in a more lethal formation. The National Intelligence Service now has power to search premises and take away property without having a warrant from court.

10 It limits the right of the media to give true and accurate information. The restrictions on media under the proposed law would have made the coverage of Westgate attack illegal.

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