, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 14- Deputy President William Ruto has called on MPs and Senators to unite and pass the security bill on Thursday, regardless of their political affiliations.
He said the proposed security bill is only meant to empower the security agencies while allaying fears that it will infringe on the rights of Kenyans.
“I want to ask very passionately our men and women in the National Assembly to put all our other differences aside and face squarely the challenge that face our country and deal with the proposals that have been brought to parliament so that we can have a solid legal framework for us to be able to tackle matters of insecurity in the country,” Ruto said during a church service in Turbo.
It is understood that National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi is planning to convene a special session on Thursday to approve the security bill, and endorse the nomination of Joseph Nkaissery to replace Joseph Ole Lenku who was dropped from the security docket.
“I want to give an undertaking to all our citizens that we are committed as ever between the President and myself and all the leaders that have been elected irrespective of their political party to unite Kenyans,” he stated.
The Deputy President was speaking during an Inter-denominational thanksgiving service in Turbo, Uasin Gishu County where he assured Kenyans of the Jubilee government unity despite the ICC outcome.
Other Jubilee MPs and Senators who spoke at the church service assured Ruto of their support, while expressing optimism that his case will be dropped just like President Uhuru Kenyatta’s which could not proceed due to lack of sufficient evidence.
Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria said all Jubilee leaders will lobby for a mass withdrawal from ICC in support of a proposed motion by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
“We want the entire African continent to withdraw from ICC and we will be going to the AU headquarters in the next session to push for that,” he stated.
On the controversial security bill, the leaders vowed to pass it in a bid to empower the president and the Interior Cabinet Secretary in the war against terror.
“It comes a time when we must unite to fight insecurity in the country…its either you are for us or against us,” Senator Kipchumba Murkomen said, in sentiments echoed by National Assembly Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso who said “The people of Kenya have spoken….lets pass the bill on Thursday for our county to be secured.”
Opposition leaders and a section of non-governmental organisations have termed the bill as “draconian” while proposing amendments or total withdrawal.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday called on parliament to reject the controversial security bill which President Kenyatta insists must be passed.
The internationally constituted human rights advocacy groups say the new amendments infringes on the bill of rights and not only goes against the Kenyan constitution but international law, as it seeks to curtail the freedoms of expression and association.