NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 24 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has reiterated that the government will not flinch in the implementation of the Security Amendment Act 2014 while stating that the issue of security should not be politicized.
Speaking during the swearing in ceremony of incoming Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery on Wednesday, the head of state said that there are different challenges in security and we must be dealt with in unity.
He further stated that Nkaissery was appointed on the strength of his skills and not on the basis of party affiliation.
“The new security laws are not an end to our quest to restore security, we will not flinch. We have different challenges in security and we must deal with terror with unity of purpose. Security is not a political debate, we must be united as a Nation to fight terror,” he explained.
He stressed that the government will not relent or surrender to terrorists but will go after them with everything it has.
“Let us all be alert and like scripture says let us be our brother’s keeper,” he urged Kenyans.
Incoming Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has in the meantime urged all Kenyans to be on the lookout of any suspicious activities during this festive season.
Nkaissery pointed out that everyone should take up the responsibility of ensuring that matters to do with security are dealt with as fast as possible.
He emphasized that any suspicious activities should be reported to the authorities as fast as possible since this could save lives.
“Be on the lookout for any suspicious activity. Should you observe anything at all that is out of the ordinary, call the emergency line 999 or 112 or report the activity to the law enforcement. That simple act could save lives and avert disaster. My message to you is that the government is alert,” he said.
Nkaissery further indicated that the government will work hard to ensure that all Kenyans are safe.
“We will work around the clock to protect you and your families. You have a right to safety and security. So if you see anything, say something. Call 999 or 112. Don’t forget, be on the lookout and speak out,” he stated.
The CORD coalition failed to convince the High Court to temporarily stop the newly enacted anti- terror law.
While declining to issue the injunctive orders, High Court Judge Isaac Lenaola said it will not be in the interest of justice to issue a blank order without hearing all parties first.
The judge rejected an argument by Cord’s lawyer James Orengo that injustices will be visited upon innocent Kenyans should the court fail to halt the Security Laws (Amendment) Act 2014, saying no authority had been cited to sustain the allegations.
Cord had pleaded with the court to issue a conservatory order stopping the implementation of the new laws, arguing that it will affect the lives of millions of Kenyans.
Orengo also argued that the new law violates the right to a fair trial and being presumed innocent until proven guilty. He said the offences created under the Act are oppressive and unjustifiable.
The lawyer told the court that the Bill was passed unconstitutionally as it involves matters touching on the counties and the Senate, who were not involved.