Leader of Majority Party Hon. Aden Duale will this afternoon table the KDF Bill 2015 for first reading. However, a number of MPs are raising worries the bill is bad for civilian control of the military as envisioned in the constitution.
Mzalendo, a website which tracks Kenyan parliamentary proceedings, has identified five issues wrong with the bill.
- Removes the legal requirement for Cabinet Secretaries to monitor defence matters and report the same to the President and Parliament;
- Removes the requirement for service commanders to commission research and benchmark against best practices on the Service;
- Removes the Director of Public Prosecution oversight role in punishing its members forÂ civil offences committed outside Kenya;
- Removes medical and salary obligations rightfully accorded to KDF members deployed in missions whenever they are hurt or killed in the process;
- Repeals the requirement to publish and publicize annual reports arguing that defence matters could be prejudicial to national security.