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Declare insecurity a national disaster, President told

17 June 2014, 14:04 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - A day after over 50 people were murdered in Mpeketoni Lamu county, civil society groups in the coastal region have asked president Uhuru Kenyatta to declare the current state of insecurity in the country a national disaster and urged action.

The lobby groups, under the National Peace and security for Development umbrella, raised their concerns during the national annual peace and security conference in Mombasa on Monday.

The said the series of killings in the country are prove of laxity by security agents, and called on the President to appoint new and competent security officials.

“We have written to the President asking him to declare the insecurity issue a national disaster; we cannot wait to see Kenyans’ lives being lost every day,” said Husein Khalid, Haki Africa executive director.

Their move comes in the wake of series of killings in the coastal parts of Kenya with the most recent one claiming lives of 15 people at Poromoko, 20 kilometers from Mpeketoni attacks.

Khalid, who was representing Haki Africa group called on the government to withdraw KDF troops from the neighboring Somalia and to man our borders.

“It’s a laughable situation; why can’t the KDF be brought back to protect our country instead of fighting outside when the country is facing insecurity problem?” he added.

At the same time, the director of community Policing, Gender and Child protection blamed the public for failing to identify criminals and delivering the report to security departments in time.

Adoli, a representative from the office of the Inspector General of police, defended the intelligence service and blamed the public for hiding criminals among them. He said if the society embraces community policing, criminals will be easily identified and acted upon in time.

“Let’s first understand that community policing is not for the government; it’s for you and me. Let’s not blame the government always and forget our role as a society,” Adoli insisted.

Last week, Mvita Member of Parliament vowed to table a motion in Parliament that when passed will see key security officers manning security dockets reshuffled.

The MP said security is not an individual thing and that each and every one was supposed to deliver in whatever position they are assigned to. 

“We cannot continue playing around with people’s lives every day. I urge the President to look into it; it’s not an individual who sees the problem, all Kenyans feel there is a problem in the security departments,” added the legislator while addressing the press.

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