Speaker orders police to leave as senate debates election laws

Speaker orders police to leave as senate debates election laws

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Nairobi,KENYA:Business came to a standstill in senate about an hour after section of senator’s protested presence of police officers around parliament building.

Police officers were on Wednesday cordoned off parts of roads leading to parliament during a special sitting to consider change in election law.

Senators urged house speaker Ekwe Ethuro to suspend sitting until police officers are removed around parliament.

‘Police officers are supposed to be deployed where there is insecurity, we are elected by Kenyans and we are going to discuss using our brains and not fighting’, said Mombasa senator Hassan Omar.

Ethuro confirmed to the senate they did not require presence of police. He then directed police to leave the precincts of parliament.

He further directed chairman of national security to investigate under which circumstance police came to block the precincts of parliament.

National assembly passed controversial amendments on the election laws.

Opposition Mps has planned to demonstrate on 4th January to protest the amendment.

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