Uhuru fights to kill Jubilee's KANU comparisons
13 December 2014, 18:19
Nairobi - With pressure mounting for better protection of Kenyans by the Jubilee coalition, no threats will force the government into a change of plans on security legislation.
The new counter-terrorism bill that has evoked so much criticism from members of the opposition and the public will go onto fruition, as has been pronounced by the Jubilee coalition.
According to the ones against it, the bill will curtail basic freedoms of Kenyans and hand the executive even more power, the kind of power the new constitution set out to avoid handing the country's top most office.
And with recent bills curtailing freedom of the media already on board, the coalition has been termed a copy cat if not worse version of the ill KANU regime which ruled for 24 years.
But president Uhuru Kenyatta, who has been equivocal that Kenyans cannot expect improved security if he cannot hire and fire security chiefs, says and feels that these issues are being thrown out of proportion.
" Of course there are those that will be against anything, he retorted during the Jamhuri Day Celebrations Friday.
" The bill is there to ensure security improves in the country. The bill is there to improve the image of the country. There is nothing to worry about and there is nothing to be said about it, he said of the bill.
But the opposition insists that it will not allow the bill to be passed in its present state and will seek mass action if need be to stop the continued mutilation of the constitution.
In truth, they have no other option.
Jubilee has a majority in both houses and ultimately the final say in legislative matters. The opposition has no other means of protest.
They either head to the streets or heed the power of the day.
" It is sad that in this day and age the government is seeking leeway to take the country back to the KANU days. It is indeed sad and we will use any means possible to ensure it does not happen, CORD leader Raila Odinga said.
But what else can they do?
" We condemn threats to take matters to the streets when they can be solved in much more straightforward manners. We must look far and away from potentially violent and disruptive means to make our point, the president hit back at CORD.
That said, do they have any other way of expressing themselves?
The answer is not likely to be in the affirmative.
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