CJ, top security chiefs meet over terror threats

May 27, 2014 5:21 am
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The meeting brought together Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, military chief Julius Karangi and Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo/COURTESY
The meeting brought together Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, military chief Julius Karangi and Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo/COURTESY
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 27 – Top Judiciary and security officials held a meeting Monday evening to discuss ways of working together in the war against terrorism.

The meeting brought together Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, military chief Julius Karangi and Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo.

Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo and CID chief Ndegwa Muhoro were also at the meeting which comes in the wake of numerous complaints on the high number of terror suspects freed on bail by the courts.

“Those of us who have sworn to protect and defend the Constitution must become imaginative in fighting this war without compromising on the founding principles of our nation,” CJ Mutunga stated.

Although details of what transpired in the meeting remained scanty, it is understood that the security and Judiciary chiefs agreed to tighten the noose for terror suspects.

The officials are also understood to have extensively discussed better ways of complementing each department on the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2012 in the wake of real terror threats experienced in the country.

The meeting also came ahead of a two-day consultative meeting on Thursday between top judges and senior security officials on emerging national security issues.

During the meeting, they will discuss appropriate security responses within the context of the Constitution and international human rights law.

The meeting will be addressed by Lenku, DPP Keriako Tobiko and CJ Mutunga among other key stakeholders.

The meeting also aims to explore international human rights and counter-terrorism, which sometimes seem at cross-purposes, and demonstrate that they should be properly viewed as complementary as envisaged by the Constitution.

The forum comes amid allegations of the Judiciary sabotaging police work through consistent release on bond of terror suspects who either escape or commit other crimes.

The Judiciary Training Institute convened the meeting after the CJ instructed that it facilitates constructive dialogues with other stakeholders within and outside the government.

The meeting aims to explore international human rights and counter-terrorism and demonstrate that they should be properly viewed as complementary as envisaged by the Constitution.

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