Mutunga Meets Security Chiefs Over Terror Suspects


Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga says though terrorism was a serious matter, all articles of the constitution must be upheld

 

He spoke after a 3-hour meeting with the leadership of the national security organs.

 

“Terrorism is a war by unconventional means, we must fight it by being imaginative without compromising the founding principles of this nation,” Mutunga said.

 

The CJ also said that from the 29th of May, security chiefs and members of the Judiciary would begin dialogue to discuss counter terrorism measures within the context of the constitution and international human rights law.

 

The meeting was attended by among others, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku, his Defence counterpart Raychelle Omamo, Chief of Defence Forces General Julius Karangi, Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo, Director General of the National Intelligence Service Michael Gichangi and CID Director Ndegwa Muhoro.

 

He spoke a few hours after a Nairobi Court denied to release three suspects on bail.

 

The terror suspects were linked to the recent explosions in Nairobi.

 

Chief Magistrate Ann Ndung'u denied the suspects bail on grounds that they were threats to national security and while free may plan other terror attacks.

 

The denial of bail comes a month after Deputy President William Ruto asked the courts to consider not releasing terror suspects on bail.

 

By Beth Nyaga

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