Change tact to defeat terror
17 April 2015, 10:49
Nairobi - Security has been our weakest department since the Kibaki era. It has continued to deteriorate year after year, sending a majority of Kenyans into panic mode as to where next might the radicalized militant groups strike next.
The most recent and among the most gruesome acts of terror happened at Garissa university college where a staggering 148 lives were lost most of them being youthful Kenyans studying at the institution. A four man gang descended on the learning facility at the crack of dawn massacring innocent unarmed civilians.
Government has been on the spot as having gone soft on fighting terror as the response to the Garissa incident and the manner of acting on intelligence indicate a huge lapse in the whole security structure. Kenya police service, the intelligence fraternity and the military all have been criticized for not performing to expected levels in matters internal security.
Politics has marred the security scene over the years since the days of our founding father MzeeJomo Kenyatta. Head of various security wings have been appointed based on friendship, political affiliation, loyalty to the commander in chief, tribal background and very few on the grounds of merit.
The leaders have to stop taking politics to every department. When appointing persons to lead the country’s security organs it is should not be construed that your security comes fast. Just because you fear being overthrown, losing political backing or any other personal matter does not mean you sink the whole country with you.
Experts must be placed in right spots to curb the insecurity menace. We need people who have the will to fight the enemy on behalf of Kenyans and assure us that we can walk anywhere, crowd anywhere and still be alive the next minute.
Kenya needs people who are dedicated to securing the nation. We need people who are hell bent on rectifying the ill wills caused over the years and the destroying the vices that have plagued the security department ranging from nepotism and corruption to impunity and incompetence.
Only then can all the desired transformative changes in the police service, military, intelligence and other security apparatus be realized. Politicians need to stop meddling in the affairs of securing Kenyans because even they are Kenyans and they could have been caught up in the tragedies dating back to the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi.
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