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Wako faults National Assembly's passage of Security Bill

24 December 2014, 08:27 Samuel Kisika

Bungoma - Busia Senator Amos Wako has criticised the National Assembly's passage of the controversial Security Bill 2014 last week without involving the Senate.

He vowed to file a case in court on behalf of the Senate to challenge any implementation of the Bill that was signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta saying the entire process of legislation was illegal.

"I can tell you tomorrow or the day after will file the case to challenge this entire bill. The process from the beginning was wrong, our own Speaker was not consulted, when it was laid before the National Assembly it was wrong because the Senate had not been involved," said Wako.

"That bill should not have gone to the President to ascent it. That bill should have been brought to the Senate for us to deliberate upon it and after deliberating, amend it and take it back to National Assembly. If the National Assembly agrees with us well and good, if it doesn't agree with us we would have appointed a mediation committee to come up with a Mediated Bill, that did not happen. Why the hurry?" he posed.

Wako who served as Attorney General for 20 years in both governments of the retired Presidents, Daniel Arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki, and played a crucial role in the realization of the 2010 Constitution vowed to defend and protect it from any unlawful changes.

"Anyone who plays around with the New Constitution, anybody who tries to diminish the value of human rights Chapter of our New Constitution, any person who tries to remove and make a go-back to the unitary government in Kenya; such person is an enemy," said Wako.

"For 20 years I was involved in the struggle in the drafting of the New Constitution so I cannot allow its provisions to be diluted," he warned.

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