The speaker adjourned plenary sessions on 11th June to 23rd June 2015. The Defense and Internal Affairs committee has been handling the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Bill, 2015.
The bill seeks to amend the Anti-terrorism Act, 2002 to include proposals from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on terror financing.
It introduces a new section on terrorism financing, which makes it an offense for anyone, who, willingly collects or provides funds for terror activities.
It stipulates that “A person still commits an offense regardless of whether the funds are used to commit an offense or not, and regardless of whether the funds are linked to a specific act of terrorism or not.”
An offender under terrorism financing is liable to imprisonment for 20 years or to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand currency points (100million Shillings), or both, upon conviction.
The bill also gives powers to the Inspector General of Police to freeze any account in financial institutions, upon evidence that the account has funds intended for terrorism activities.
It also seeks to empower the IGP to seize properties belonging to terror convicts.