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MP asks Govt to review the security system to curb terror attacks

10 April 2015, 08:05 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Kapenguria MP, Samuel Moroto has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to review the security systems following the heinous killing of 148 Garissa University students Thursday last week by Al- Shabaab terrorists.

Moroto said the mass killing of students due to delayed response by security officers and their failure to act on initially issued terror alert on universities justifies the need for President Kenyatta to re-examine the security apparatus and immediately make appropriate changes.

He said that although Kenyatta made crucial changes in the security sector through the appointment of Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) director, Philip Kameru and the Insepector General of Police Joseph Boinett, a lot still needs to be done to curb terrorism.

“Our security system has to be reviewed and conformed to the current advanced system if the government is fully committed in the fight against terrorism,” said Moroto.

Read Also: We made mistakes in Garissa, State House admits

“You cannot expect proper functioning of your old, beat-up vehicle by replacing your drivers with new ones. Our intelligence system needs through scrutiny for effective functioning to curb the recurrence of terror attacks on innocent citizens,” he added.

Moroto’s sentiments come after the Nairobi County police chief, Benson Kibue's announcement that the number of undercover police officers had been increased to prevent terror attacks in the county.

Kibue said the officers will be patrolling areas considered as soft targets such as shopping malls, bus terminals, entertainment spots and schools.  

He added that quick response units will be operating on a 24-hour alert.

The government had also announced that the General Service Unit’s Recce squad had been given two helicopters for faster response to emergencies.

The government’s prompt decision to give the Recce unit two helicopters is in response to claims that the officers took seven hours to respond to the Garissa University terror attack due to transport problems.

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