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KNCHR supports KDF deployment in Kapedo

08 November 2014, 17:19 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - The Kenya National Commission for Human Rights (KNCHR) has supported the deployment of Kenya Defence Force soldiers in Kapedo.

KNCHR said the involvement of the soldiers in Kapedo will boost security in the region instead of using police officers who might be incapacitated

Speaking to the press in Mombasa, KNCHR Chairperson Kagwiria Mbogori said the government should beef up security in the area to resolve the problem at hand

“Whenever there is a serious security lapses in a country they involve the military because they are well equipped to handle the situation and restore order," said Mbogori.

Mbogori said security hotspot areas have increased in Kenya and there is need for the government to find a solution to the problem.

She urged Kenyans to embrace dialogue whenever there is a problem instead of engaging in blame games.

“Security is collective responsibility for all Kenyans and there is need for the government to equip all the security forces to enable them perform their duties diligently," Mbogori said.

KNCHR stand comes amid sharp criticism from a section of the political divide over the deployment of the soldiers in Kapedo.

She also condemned the killings witnessed in Mombasa in recent past and called upon the government to investigate and bring to book those involved.

Mbogori said the government can only achieve the fight against radicalization and extremism if youth in Mombasa are involved in the development projects.

“Majority of people at the coast feel marginalized and ignored hence being pushed to radicalization, but if they can be brought on board, they will change their perception," said Mbogori.

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