Kenya to introduce tough anti-terrorism laws-State House
A statement from State House, Nairobi, said the report has proposed radical changes that will “rectify administrative and legal hurdles that limit the Government’s ability to deal with the threat of terrorism”.
The report was presented to the President on Thursday afternoon by a joint committee comprising the National Security Council and the joint Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence.
“The President has received the report and will apply his mind before submitting his recommendations to Parliament through the laid-down procedures,” said Mr Manoah Esipisu, the State House spokesman.
Mr Esipisu, however, did not mention the recommendations made by the joint security team.
The President had on Tuesday instructed the government’s security actors to engage with members of relevant committees of the Legislature to identify the legal and administrative weaknesses that make the country vulnerable to terrorism.
President Kenyatta gave the team the Thursday deadline and had also requested the National Assembly to extend its sittings until the process of identifying the weak spots in law and administration is completed.
The President had also urged all other arms of government to work with the Executive in confronting the threats of terrorism.
“I also call upon other arms of government, particularly the Judiciary and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, to work with us and seal all gaps that hinder the effective operations to secure the country,” he said.
In his speech to the nation on Tuesday, the President also asked Kenyans to appreciate and honour the men and women in uniform who serve in difficult and trying circumstances to defend the country and its people.
“We have lost hundreds of them as they work to defend us. For this reason, I urge all Kenyans to support and pray for our security forces at all times,” the Head of State said.