NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 24 – The State Law Office and Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko have opposed the suspension of Security Laws (Amendment) Act 2014 until the case is heard and determined.
The two state officials told Justice Isaac Lenaola, that the laws which were passed by Parliament last week is meant to protect Kenyans from the increasing insecurity in the country.
They told the judge that he should not issue any interim orders regarding the Laws until a replying affidavit is filed to bring out the facts.
The judge told that the AG and DPP to file their response by Sunday and the matter be heard on Monday December 29 on the interim orders sought by Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD).
CORD had told the court that the law contravened the Constitution and same cannot be presumed to be a good law.
Lawyer James Orengo for CORD had told the judge that the amendment contains offensive provisions that will negatively affect lives of Kenyans if it is allowed to come into operation.
The Attorney General who was represented by the Solicitor General had asked for two weeks to peruse through the CORD petition before responding however Justice Lenaola ruled that due to the urgency of the matter and its impact on the country’s security situation and also due to the fact that information over the contentious clauses of the Act have been in the public domain, asking for two weeks was not justified.
Meanwhile the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution has been enjoined in the case as an interested party and it is expected that come Monday, there will be fireworks as then, the Attorney General will be present coupled with CORDs legal team comprising Senator James Orengo (Siaya) leading the team, former AG Amos Wako, Senator Moses Wetangula (Bungoma), CORD Co-Principal Kalonzo Musyoka, Paul Mwangi, Senator Judy Sijeny(Nominated), Daniel Maanzo(MP Makueni), Tom Kajwang’(MP Ruaraka), Antony Oluoch and Mary Mutuku, a heated debate is highly expected.