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MPs want immigration officers and police fired

10 April 2014, 15:59 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - A section of Parliamentary caucus on Human Rights have called on the government to sack all immigration officers in Foreign Affairs Ministry and police responsible for allowing illegal immigrants into the country.

The group led by Kibra MP, Ken Okoth at a press conference held at Parliament Buildings, said that as far as the nation does not tolerate illegal immigrants, there should be thorough screening around the country's borders.

"We would like Kenyans to cooperate with any organized government efforts that are well thought through in the fight against terrorism," said Okoth.

He condemned the profiling of a certain ethnic group as terrorists noting that some Kenyans of Somali origin have been helpful in responding to terror attacks by involving themselves in rescue of victims especially during the 2013 Westgate attack that left at least 67 people dead and many injured.

"We have today written to the leader of Majority and the leader of Minority in line with standing order 29 to petition the Speaker to have parliament to reconvene for a special sitting on Tuesday next week to discuss this issue of profiling of Kenyans of Somali descent as well as to see what action to take on the immigration officials who have slept on the job making the Kenyan borders porous to all manner illegal immigrants," said Okoth.

"We would like to state that this latest swoop is ill thought out and would work counter to the fight against terrorism. No one knows what a terrorist looks like, and from what we have seen, those who have been charged in the courts with acts of terrorism have been Kenyans from the Somali descent, from Luo descent, Luhya descent and you name it," he noted.

Okoth further condemned some police officers who have taken advantage of the ongoing Usalama Watch operation to exhort bribes from the would be detainees as condition precedent for their freedom.   

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