By Suleiman Hassan
Residents of Garissa County today converged at Garissa Primary school to express their displeasure at the proposed security amendments bill.
Led by religious leaders, the residents spoke in one voice as they took issue with the bill which they said is draconian and infringes on their basic rights.
Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) Garissa branch and Civic organizations organized the peaceful assembly.
Chairman of SUPKEM’s Garissa Mr. Abdullahi Sirat said that the bill is a modernized version of similar laws previously enacted targeting Somalis in the North Eastern region.
He pointed out the outlying district ordinance bill of 1902 and the indemnity act of 1970 which he said were the root cause of all the injustices and massacres meted out on Somalis in Garissa, Wajir and Mandera.
The acts he said made security agencies to act with impunity as they are immune to prosecution up to this day.
He added that the act, once enacted will cause more harm than good.
“We are more concerned because the proposed law condemns a suspects and an accused person even before they are proven guilty by a court of law by holding them longer periods”
Local political leaders were conspicuously absent from the event.
The bill is being discussed in Parliament today. The house adjourned for half an hour after chaos erupted among members sending the special sitting into confusion.
Mps opposed to the bill changed ‘no way’ and ‘bado mapambano’ while throwing order papers on the floor.
The house was later adjourned to 2.30pm.