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Governors want security devolved to avoid Lamu scenario

21 July 2014, 16:45 William Korir

Nairobi - Governors are calling on security dockets to be devolved in order to ease the pressure put on central government as regards handling disasters.

There has been added pressure on security agencies in the wake of rising insecurity and terror cases in the country in recent months.

In Lamu, Tana River, Wajir and Mandera Counties, over 100 Kenyans have lost their lives in attacks by unknown gunmen and raiders.

Many more have been injured and property worth millions of shillings destroyed, as well as loss of economic thrust in the Coast where tourism has suffered ten fold.

And thus the Governors feel that with security devolved, it will ensure that decisions are not made at national level and ease on issues of logistics and sharing of information, which they believe will save lives.

" The only remedy is to devolve the security docket so that it can be handled by Governors at County level, Governors Council chairman Isaac Ruto said.

He insists that the cases in Lamu, which have seen slow reaction times from police show the need to have directions taken from the ground.

" Lamu cases confirm the danger of waiting for command from Nairobi. They also justify our calls to devolve security which has become necessary, he added.

He also insisted that efforts to reduce levels of corruption lie with members of the public.

" We must exorcise corrupt practices out of our Counties. If you have hard evidence, come talk to your local leaders, he added.

So far, it is estimated that over 200 Kenyans have died in cases of terrorism since the Jubilee government took over in March 2013.

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