• Short Summary

    THE KENYAN ATTORNEY-GENERAL, MR CHARLES NJONJO, HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE IN NAIROBI ON MONDAY TO EXPLAIN THE LAW AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION AND PRESERVATION OF PUBLIC SECURITY ACT.

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    THE KENYAN ATTORNEY-GENERAL, MR CHARLES NJONJO, HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE IN NAIROBI ON MONDAY TO EXPLAIN THE LAW AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION AND PRESERVATION OF PUBLIC SECURITY ACT.

    THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL SAID THE NEW LAW WAS NOT OPPRESSIVE IN ITS INTENTION, NOR WAS THERE ANY RADICAL DEPARTURE FROM THE EXISTING LAW OR CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM. MR NJONJO REFUTED CLAIMS THAT TOO WIDE POWERS WERE VESTED IN THE HEAD OF STATE BY THE ACT. ANY REGULATIONS MADE BY THE PRESIDENT UNDER IT WOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.

    MR NJONJO SAID THAT COURTS IN KENYA WERE GOING TO CONTINUE TO CARRY OUT THEIR FUNCTIONS. KENYA HAD NOT GONE WILD - SUCH LEGISLATION EXISTED IN OTHER COUNTRIES FOR THE SAFETY OF THE STATE.

    AN INTERVIEWER ASKED MR NJONJO: "THIS LAW HAS COME VIRTUALLY ON THE EVE OF KENYA'S 'LITTLE GENERAL ELECTION'. THERE IS SPECULATION THAT THE IS DESIGNED TO COMBAT ANY SUBVERSION OR INTIMIDATION THAT MIGHT BE USED BY THE FORMER VICE-PRESIDENT, MR OGINGA ODINGA AND HIS FOLLOWERS IN THE LEFTIST OPPOSITION PARTY, THE KENYA PEOPLE'S UNION. IS THERE ANDY BASIS FOR THIS SPECULATION?"
    MR NJONJO REPLIED:"THERE IS NO BASIS FOR THIS SPECULATION AT ALL. I WANT TO SAY FIRST OF ALL THAT WE HAVE IN OUR LEGISLATION POWERS TO DEAL WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE DETERMINED TO SUBVERT OUR GOVERNMENT. WE HAVE THE ORDINARY CRIMINAL LAW TO DEAL WITH PEOPLE WHO OPENLY WILL FLOUT OUR LAWS. BUT WE HAVE A DIFFICULTY OF PEOPLE WHO HOLD MEETINGS SECRETLY AT NIGHT. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOINGS. THE CRIMINAL LAW IS NOT LONG ENOUGH - IF ONE CAN USE THAT EXPRESSION - TO CATCH THEM. NOW THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO, I FEAR, WILL BE CAUGHT BY THIS LEGISLATION. WE HOPE THAT NOBODY IN THIS COUNTRY WANTS TO SUBVERT OUR COUNTRY, OR TRY TO TOPPLE THE GOVERNMENT UNCONSTITUTIONALLY. IF ANYBODY WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT TOMORROW OF THIS COUNTRY, IF HE DOES IT CONSTITUTIONALLY, THEN OF COURSE HE HAS NOTHING TO FEAR ABOUT THIS LEGISLATION WHICH WE INTRODUCED THE OTHER DAY."

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    Film ID:
    VLVACAWRSAYISGE1E4VKKSM8S5FP3
    Media URN:
    VLVACAWRSAYISGE1E4VKKSM8S5FP3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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