Wednesday December 13, 2017

Bill passed but Kenya still in deadlock over controversial ‘anti-terror law’

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NAIROBI , Kenya — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has on Friday signed in a controversial “anti-terror law” that has drawn a criticism from local human rights organizations and the opposition party.

On Thursday, the parliament has passed the controversial security bill following a fist fight and chaos among the lawmakers who divided over the approval of the anti-terror law which gone through various amendments, to tackle the increasing insecurity.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said the law will give security agencies more powers to fight against the Islamists who are carrying out in Kenya frequent deadly attacks, with targets ranging from civilians to policemen and other law enforcement personnel.

“Kenya is in danger of terror and insecurity, so we have to change our security law in order to get the security agencies more power to deal with the terror elements and restore law and order,”  said president Kenyatta in a statement.

He denied that the passed law was to curb the press freedom and public liberty, but it is aimed to strengthen security of the horn of African country.

In his offical statement after the signing of the bill, Kenyatta had this to say through his Social Media page:

 

MPs , opposition leaders, human rights groups and western nations have opposed the law.

Since Kenya has sent its troops into the nighbouring war-torn Somalia in 2011, the country’s stability  came under Rising threats by the Al Qaeda-linked group of Al shabaab which was responsible for the Nairobi’s Westgate mall shopping attack in September 21, 2013 that left more 67 dead.

 

THE UPPER NILE TIMES

Omar Nor

A Freelance Journalist and a news correspondent for The Upper Nile Times based in Mogadishu, Somalia.


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