Police to be delegated for security in Kenya
13 August 2014, 21:29
Nairobi - It is undisputable that the escalating insecurity in Kenya, a country that was once regarded as an island of peace in the sea of chaos tops in the darker side of the Kenyan-coin and should be a top-ranked priority in the government's agenda.
Part of the unutilized energies being exhausted in the county governments debates and theatrics that has metamorphosed into feuding between governors tethered in the CORD agenda and the jubilee government on the other side should be diverted to the reincarnation of peace within our boarders.
It is also discouraging when we see top bureaucrats, who should be unearthing the insecurity riddle being besieged and glued in the 'devolution grazing field' with no mention of county security in spite of it being paramount.
Security is the backbone of any progressive economy in any of the 47 counties, the devolved departments enshrined in article 174 of the infant constitution needs a secured environment for its fruits to be attainable.
The county ministers in West Pokot, Samburu, Marsabit, Mandera etc. first need to get an authentic answer to the insecurity riddle before they confidently execute their constitutional duties of serving the people of their respective counties.
If one employs a needle eye-perspective in trying to unravel the genesis of this recurring organized-crime groupings which have hit pockets of the country, one realizes that they are either ethnical or politically instigated ,this leaves the question, between the Nairobi-based government and the devolved government which one is better suited to cure insecurity?
If the epicenter of these woeful occurrences are at the constituency or clan-setting levels with the exception of al Shabaab rag tag army, why do we always assume that a nationalized security agency has a cure to this?
Should the county governments wait for Israeli-trained commandos and detectives to wane the criminal muscles when in reality the locals back in the villages know the crime dimwits?
I think we need a devolved security answer before we start debating about the constructive spending of the "atleast-15% devolved fund"
Our national security machineries have on different occasions embarrassingly failed in giving a coherent truth behind the criminal groupings within our midst.
We are always annoyed as Kenyans that in every electioneering period these simpletons in platoons come out of their hideouts only to drag and defile our sailing economy ,they always appear smarter than our combat-geared personnel ,and the affected areas equated to Baghdad or Kabul if not Mogadishu and one wonders if really the Nairobi government is in control.
The incapacity of national security apparatus to perform their work immaculately I presume is because of the over-stretched jurisdictional mandate and the oblivious of the law enforcers to some of the strange and unique operational areas.
The current police force, still sailing towards service status took over from well-structured policing units. Rumor has that the police informers were under government payroll and were very secretive, it was clearly understood that the locals were better versed with the behind-the-scene happenings in the remote villages than the police officers were, I therefore think this should be revived to catapult the crippled police.
Why for example is it that the heinous killings in Bungoma and Busia still a mystery long after the foreign-trained security technocrats were flown from Nairobi where they are usually headquartered?
Assuming we had a devolved security service based at the county capital towns, would it have taken long to 'naked' and eject the crime designs from their comfort zones. The president is the chair to the National Security Council yet he is a civilian- politician, why is the executive and the legislature adamant to give the county presidents constitutional powers to chair their County Security Councils?
As a law abiding member of the civilian populace, with a well-structured police service I would even volunteer to work as a police informer in bettering the security of my county.
Still on the unseen devolved county service, I would propose the famous KPRs to be reconstituted and named the county police to boost the over-stretched National Police Service under the stewardship of the Inspector General. Our colonial masters who were the pioneers of the present day setup instituted Administration Police dubbed Tribal Police and they perfectly apprehended the African reprisal equivalent to local criminals today.
I think the KPRs need to be empowered and the obsolete rifles usually issued to them be substituted with automatic rifles.
These armed volunteers possessed by the lion-hearts have distinctively served in those areas prone to cattle rustling, banditry and foreign militias without the consent of the government.
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