Thursday, December 18 legislators in Parliament exchanged blows over the contentious security amendment Security bill that was passed.
From water pouring to kicking and pulling, some of them were even injured during the heated debate that saw several security officers deployed to man the city center and avert any protests.
The Security bill, Uhuru Kenyatta, allows the security services to hold suspects for nearly a year without charges and eliminates several checks and balances on presidential power. The bill also empowers a domestic spy force to carry out covert operations.
CORD leaders have vigorously opposed the bill, saying Mr. Kenyatta’s government is creeping dangerously toward dictatorship. They pointed to other recent attempts by the government to restrict media freedom and human rights groups.
CORD senators who showed up at Parliament Buildings to join their colleagues in opposing amendments to the Security Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2014, were reportedly roughed up. They included Senate Minority Leader Moses Wetang’ula, James Orengo, Johnstone Muthama, Elizabeth Ongoro and Boni Khalwale. Mr Wetang’ula had his shirt torn while Mr Muthama walked out of the chamber sporting ripped brown trousers and an injury on his left leg. The five senators had joined their colleagues in singing slogans as CORD MPs attempted to block the passage of the bill.
Here are pictures of how it went down;
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