The Star (Nairobi)

25 July 2014

Kenya: Clerics Oppose Phone Tapping

MUSLIM clerics in Mombasa have opposed proposals to give the National Intelligence Service powers to tap private communication via calls, text messages and emails.

The proposals are contained in the Statute Law Miscellaneous (Amendment) Bill 2014.

The Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya yesterday said if passed, NIS will be infringing on the privacy of Kenyans, thus going against the constitution.

"There is a danger of Kenyans losing their rights through these amendments," said CIPK secretary general Sheikh Mohamed Dor.

Addressing journalists at their Mwembe Tayari offices yesterday, Sheikh Dor said politicians will be the first victims if they pass the amendments.

He accused the government of trying to turn Kenyan governance system into like the one in Americans.

"We call upon the National Assembly and the Senate to protect the Constitution that Kenyans passed in 210," said Sheikh Dor.

Organising secretary Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa was present.

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