5 senators mull legal action over new security Bill

Five senators have criticised the contentious Security Laws (Amendment) Bill, saying it smacks of an attempt by the National Assembly to undermine the constitutional provisions under the Bill of Rights.

The senators, led by Minority Leader Moses Wetang’ula, have threatened to move to court to block the Jubilee government against sneaking in laws on sedition through the back door.

The senators at the same time demanded that the Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014, which seeks to make far reaching changes to 21 different statutes, be referred to the Senate for input before its assented to by the President.

The threats comes a day after the House team on Administration and National Security secured House backing to fasttrack the passage of the Bill.

The committee Wednesday evening listened to submissions from the public, including Bunge la Mwananchi and the Youth Agenda and is scheduled to table its report Thursday afternoon.