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Mutunga urges imagination in fighting insecurity

27 May 2014, 13:21

Nairobi - Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga has urged imagination and togetherness in fighting terrorism and the heightened state of insecurity in the country.

The country has been hit by a wave of terror attacks and increased insecurity in recent months which have cost the lives of hundreds and left many more injured.

The judiciary has of late come under fire for its perceived lack of success when dealing with terror suspects especially.

The executive, led by president Uhuru Kenyatta has also taken a dig at the Judiciary, citing its leniency with perceived terror suspects.

Mutunga though believes that the country needs its topmost security agencies and organs to work together as much as they can to fight the vices.

He says that there are issues that need to be ironed out but insists that they must be dealt with consultatively.

" We are a country under siege and we have to respect the situation at hand and look for ways of dealing with it, he said Monday evening in a meeting between him and the country's security chiefs.

" There is need for excess caution as well as imagination from our security organs to be able to combat the problem that is facing our country, he added.

The Judiciary further announced that top judges and senior security officials would meet Thursday to consult on emerging national security issues.

The officials would also explore appropriate responses within the context of the Constitution and international human rights law.

National Coordination and Interior Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Ole Lenku, and Director of Public Prosecutions, Keriako Tobiko, will give keynote speeches alongside Mutunga when the meeting opens at the Judiciary Training Institute in Nairobi.

Chief Justice Mutunga met top security officials early in the week to agree on the structure of the meeting.

“The Judiciary Training Institute convened the meeting after the Chief Justice instructed that it facilitates constructive dialogues with other stakeholders within and outside the government,” said a statement from the Judiciary.

It added that the meeting aims to explore international human rights and counter-terrorism, which sometimes seem in opposition to each other, and demonstrate that they should be properly viewed as complementary as envisaged by the Constitution.

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