The Star (Nairobi)

18 June 2012

Kenya: Duale to Oppose Terror Bill in House

Dujis MP Aden Duale has threatened to mobilise Kenyans to shoot down the anti-terrorism bill when it is brought to Parliament. Speaking during a graduation ceremony at Najah Islamic institution in Dujis, Dualle said there was a plot by the government to portray members of the Muslim community as terrorists.

Duale said that it was unfortunate that the community was being fought by the same government that should be protecting them. "We also know of a scheme to profile all the Somali Muslim business people as terrorists. This is all done by the government, an example of our fellow business people in Eastleigh who are constantly harassed by police officers. We will not accept this to happen under our watch," he said. "We want to know what is the government doing to arrest those who are behind the killing of our fellow Muslim brother Samir Khan on Mackinon Road in Voi. Up to now, the government has chosen to remain mum about the matter. We still don't know where Mohamed Kasim is three months since he disappeared," he added.

He said the Somali community had been subjected to a lot of suffering since Kenya took its troops to fight in Somalia adding that that should not be the case since "they had no business with what was happening in Somalia." The Dujis MP said the scheme to have the anti-terrorism bill introduced in Parliament was being pushed by some Western countries "for their own selfish gains". "This time round we, won't be doped into entering into memorandums of understanding that we know nothing about. Some politicians have the habit of cheating us into entering into fake MoUs only because they want our votes but fail to honour them. That one won't happen this time round, "he added.

He urged them to take their time and read the constitution which they voted for overwhelmingly and understand their rights saying that unlike the old constitution where their rights were violated with nothing being done, he said that the new one protected every individual's right irrespective of his tribe or where he come from.

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