NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 28 – A legal battle over the controversial Security Laws Amendment Act returns to the High Court of Kenya on Monday with the government fighting a petition by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) seeking to suspend its implementation until the court makes a determination.,
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko and Attorney General Githu Muigai requested Justice Isaac Lenaola to allow them to file responses to CORD’s petition.
Judge Lenaola in granting the request gave them up to Sunday to file their response before the petition is heard on Monday.
The new law on security has already been applied in a case in Mombasa after the DPP ordered for the Officer-in-Charge of Makupa police station to be summoned before court for supervising the tampering of evidence meant to be used in the case against suspected organised crime boss Feisal Ali Mohammed.
Whereas the government has argued that the law on security is good for the nation, CORD argues that it is draconian and infringes on basic rights of people.
CORD describes it as a law that was passed in complete ignorance of Parliament’s Standing Orders.
Led by its leaders, the party also argues that it is unconstitutional.
The controversial security law was passed amidst sharp divisions and drama in Parliament as Members of Parliament from CORD and Jubilee engaged in war of words which resulted to fist fighting.