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Govt warned against linking opposition to Al-Shabaab

21 April 2015, 08:14 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Jubilee government has been cautioned against accusing the opposition of being Al-Shabaab sympathizers and insinuating that it is the political wing of the Somalia-based terrorists.

The ODM Homa Bay Branch chair, Gladys Wanga said President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto should take full responsibility for insecurity in the country as a result of incompetence, tribalism and corruption in appointments of officers in security systems.

Wanga warned that Jubilee’s continued excuses and blame games put the county at greater risk of terror attacks, saying they should address the challenges facing the security systems.

“It is now clear to Kenyans that there was a serious lapse on the part of our security system during the recent attack in Garissa yet no one has taken responsibility so far including those who used public choppers to ferry their families. If the Jubilee government is serious, heads must roll,” said Wanga.

She noted that the Jubilee administrators particularly the Mombasa County Commissioner, the sacked Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku, Uhuru, Ruto among others have been linking the opposition politicians to Al-Shabaab from the wake of Mpeketoni attack and added that the government owes citizens an apology for such blatant accuses and insinuations.   

“We call on the government to conduct a comprehensive audit of our security system, operations and budgetary management to establish whether we are having our resources where it is deserved and whether we have the right mix of competencies, officers, ethnic mix, and plans to modernize our security system,” said Wanga.

However, she warned the government to desist form ethnic profiling of Kenyan Somalis as terrorists and an attempt of demonizing Islamic religion in the fight against terrorism.

Also see: GALLERY: Construction of Kenya-Somali border wall kicks off

“Any action must be supported by clear intelligence information and thorough evidence as opposed to trying each and every time to victimize law abiding Kenyans just to show that the government is dealing with insecurity only to terrorist attacks increasing,” she said.

She also said the stalled police reforms should be revived promptly and that proper security systems should be put in place and free from ethnic bigotry, corruption and misuse by political class.

She further said the KDF officers should be withdrawn from Somalia to man Kenyan borders and intensify intelligence gathering instead of erecting a perimeter wall on the Kenya-Somalia border.

Wanga was addressing the press at Parliament Buildings in response to last week’s propaganda linking CORD principal Raila Odinga to Al-Shabaab and newly elected Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari on claims that he used Boko Haram to cause insecurity for easy presidential win.

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