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Lobby appeals for proper security framework to curb terrorism

14 November 2014, 11:47 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - A Mombasa lobby group has asked the government to implement a proper legal framework and instill better regulations that will guide security apparatus in the fight against increased crime in the country.

The framework, according to the Africa Centre for Strategic studies (ACCESS), will help to handle terror-related and other crimiminal cases without fear or favour.  

The self governing body spearheading research, capacity building, policy advocacy and legislative lobbying on governance and security sector reforms in the country has listed among others, drugs and substance abuse among the youth and lack of legislation in fighting crime as the major challenges facing the country.

Mombasa County is leading in the cases of minors being used to conduct criminal activities, with the most recent one involving the murder a college lecturer who was attacked by armed youth last week.

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Addressing a security stakeholder’s forum in Mombasa, ACESS programmed manager Shirleen Njoroge said the increased crime rate in Mombasa needed proper handling strategies since it is a threat to public security.

She said once proper strategies are instilled, it will create a good police-public relationship which in turn will help combat criminal activities in the country.

“We need to develop a proper relationship between the society and security departments. The current gap is derailing the war against crime,” Sharleen noted. 

The move comes even as the government is addressing serious security concerns following the killings of several policemen in various parts of the country.

“Police are now being targeted by criminal gangs. The government should empower police with better sophisticated weapons to effectively fight insecurity,” said Boniface Msangi, a participant in the workshop.

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