“If we think that we can secure our country by just talking tough without acting tough and smart, then we will misunderstand this moment and miss its opportunities.” – Barack Obama, 44th U.S. President.
Kenya’s amended security laws have generated a lot of debate. This debate pits human rights advocates on the one hand, and national security actors on the other. And the debate has often been heated. Sadly, its adversarial nature has framed issues in ways that obscure the more salient points.
To be sure, those criticising the new act have valid concerns. They are quick to remind us that the new constitutional order is barely 4 years old, and so not firmly entrenched. They see the changes to security laws, at this moment, as an affront to human & political rights. Yet there is also no denying that our security situation requires urgent & concerted attention. And…
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