President Uhuru Kenyatta has appended his signature to the Security Bill 2014, defending it as the main solution to insecurity in the country.
The Bill, which has drawn controversy from Kenyans especially those in opposition, was suddenly passed by the August House on Thursday and the only thing holding it back from becoming a law was the president’s signature.
The chaotic parliamentary session on Thursday brought shame to the National Assembly, as MPs exchanged blows and vitriol with those aligned to the opposition warning of turning Kenya to a “police state.” Mr Kenyatta signed it on Friday, defending it saying:
“This law is highly timely and much needed for it will the government the requisite power to fight agents of insecurity.” “We must all remember that we are still at war and still vulnerable to terror attacks.”
However, the law will face another hurdle after opposition members of the CORD coalition mull over moving to court to block it in what they say is infringement to the bill of rights.
The legislation requires investigative journalists to obtain police permission before commencing investigation or publishing stories on domestic terrorism and security issues.
It also contains a clause that provides for a minimum of 10 years in prison to anyone convicted of forcibly undressing someone.