Sabahi (Washington, DC)

8 August 2014

Kenya: Government Drops Plan to Allow Warrantless Spying On Citizens

The Kenyan government has shelved an attempt to permit the National Intelligence Service (NIS) to eavesdrop on telephone calls and citizens' personal communications, Kenya's Daily Nation reported Thursday (August 7th).

Speaker Justin Muturi announced the withdrawal of the amendment in the National Assembly.

The administration had proposed to amend current law to allow, without court warrant, the investigation, monitoring or interference of the private communications of people suspected of committing offences.

As the law currently stands, the NIS is able to monitor or stop private communication of criminal suspects, only if in possession of a legal warrant. Critics accused the proposed amendment of being unconstitutional.

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