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KES 102 billion budget for Security insufficient, says Nkaissery

20 May 2015, 08:15 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Interior Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Nkaissery has urged MPs to push for KES 161.8 billion budgetary allocation in the 2015/2016 financial year to his ministry to adequately cater for the complex nature of insecurity threats in the country.

Nkaissery, who appeared before the National Assembly Security and Administration committee, said the National Treasury’s allocation of KES 102 billion to his ministry for both recurrent and development expenditures is insufficient and lobbied for additional KES 59 billion to bridge the gap and mitigate emerging issues.

“The complex nature of the threats including global terrorism, piracy, trans-national crimes such as trafficking and cybercrime and the growing youth radicalization are some of the emerging security concerns the country is facing,” said Nkaissery.

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However, the Security committee chaired by Tiaty MP, Asman Kamama challenged Nkaissery to clearly justify his ministry’s huge budgetary allocation following the previous audit reports revealing that corruption is rife within the country’s security docket and was the main cause of terror attacks.

The committee raised concern that the previous huge allocations to the ministry had done little in addressing the ever worsening national security although Nkaissery responded by warning that reduced budget will hamper the counter-terrorism war in the nation.

Yatta MP, Francis Mwangangi said, “It is worrying that the country has become an easy target and the transit point for the terrorists. Interestingly, this is not the same with our neighboring countries.”

Mwangangi blamed the ministry's public relations department for improper dissemination of information to the media and public in response to terror attacks.

“We are behaving as if this country is the most secure in the world. The recent attacks in Garissa do not in any way make the country so insecure! Unfortunately, this is the information that is fed to the general public and the international community,” said Mwangangi. 

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