NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 21 – Members of Parliament in support of the Security Law have formally launched the Usalama Kenya Forum to promote security and peaceful co-existence among Kenyans.
In a statement read by Kangema MP Tirus Ngahu on behalf of Members of Parliament affiliated to the Forum, its main agenda was to sensitize Kenyans on the new Security Laws in a bid to clear the notion that the laws were dictatorial and bad and bent on taking the country back to the old days.
“This is the most comprehensive legislation on security in decades –it is dedicated to the full protection of the security and human rights of Kenyan citizens and those residing and working in Kenya as well as refugees and asylum seekers,” said Ngahu.
Ngahu went on to point out that the laws were not new; they were simply bolstering the current security laws in the face of the changing face and form of terror.
“It simply rationalizes existing security laws to enable the government deal with new security threats posed by terrorism—we believe this will enable the government protect the fundamental human rights, particularly the right to life and protection of property,” he added.
The MPs thus said they would use the Usalama Kenya Forum as a platform to promote the objectives of the new laws.
“Kenya must be secured from terrorists and their local agents and sympathizers — we in Usalama Kenya vow to defend and work unrelentingly towards a safe Kenya,” Ngahu insisted.
Isiolo MP Tiya Galgallo urged leaders across the political divide to support the government in implementing the law which will help counter the terrorism menace which has led to loss of many lives.
She also urged Kenyans to read and understand the Security further warning them to stay away from naysayers who were peddling misconceptions and half truths on the law.
“We have joined together and we intend to carry out public forums to educate Kenyans on what the Security law entails and it implications,” Galgallo said.
The Forum comprises); Victor Munyaka(Machakos Town), Mati Munuve (Mwingi North), David Kiaraho (Ol Kalau)and Dennis Waweru (Dagoretti South) among others.
The further lashed out at the opposition for constantly criticizing the government saying they should instead give their proposals and ideas on how issues can be handled.
The CORD coalition has threatened to move to court to oppose the new law saying it is draconian further taking issue with the way the Bill was passed in National Assembly.