Senators decry heavy police deployment at parliament

By  Franco Kundu

The heavy security presence at and around Parliament buildings has been withdrawn following an uproar by senators from both sides of the house.

The senators were also agitated by the decision to bar the public from accessing the public gallery.

Speaker of the Senate Ekwe Ethuro responding to the criticisms of police presence admitted that it caused unnecessary fear noting that any attempts to prevent senators from executing their responsibilities are contrary to the standing orders and the Constitution.

Earlier, Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o [Kisumu] and his Siaya counterpart James Orengo questioned the constitutionality of the special sitting with the public having been barred from the Speaker’s gallery.

In his communication Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro declined a request to adjourn the special sitting and instead directed the Chairperson of the National Security committee Yusuf Haji to investigate and avail a report detailing how the armed police officers came to Parliament precincts.

  

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