Blame game will not solve insecurity
02 December 2014, 13:14
Nairobi - People at every level in society have to be responsible for something. Tasks and duties have to be performed on a daily basis and accountability tags along each duty.
Security of this nation is pegged upon the government and the police service. The two function hand in hand to ensure that citizens are not harmed by thugs, militias, bandits, criminals and the likes.
On government side, there is the intelligence service and the security advisors who update the President directly on security matters.
These block of security experts work closely with the cabinet secretary for internal security who happens to be a fore hotelier; Mr Ole Lenku.
Move across the board and you find the National Police Service. This body is run by senior police officers who serve the citizens as a whole.
However, they have some oversight bodies like the famous Independent Policing Oversight Authority and the police bosses' employer better known as National Police Service Commission. These agencies work hand in hand to facilitate the President an entire nation with top notch security and surveillance.
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Whenever there is breach of security or a lapse in the security of citizens and Kenya as whole, then someone ought to be held accountable.
In recent days, the public and political leaders have called for the resignation of senior security officers. It is everyone's right to air their views and opinions. However, we need to evaluate the rationale of a decision before we go on with implementing it.
Having the Inspector General of Police, David Kimaiyo resign or get fired will help in no way to restore security. Lenku's resignation will do no much than leave a vacuum in that department. Officers should start with owning up to their errors and miscalls before anything else.
There are people charged with ensuring the security of Mandera is intact, the security of police officers traversing Pokot region is assured, porous borders like Kenya-Somali and Kenya-Ethiopia are air tight. These officers need to own up to their faults and issue statements outlining what has made their work overwhelming.
Only this way can we find a lasting solution to the menace known as insecurity. Sackings, demotions, forced resignations and blame games will not help solve a single problem when it comes to security matters.
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