Politicians cautioned against politicizing security crackdown
11 April 2014, 09:20
Mombasa - Civil society groups in the coastal region have cautioned political leaders in the country against politicizing the government’s efforts in the fight against terrorism.
The lobby groups have said some leaders have taken the security agenda as a political issue, warning that this may give room for more security threats from terror groups.
They have however vowed to join the government on its efforts against terror saying it is the responsibility of each person to maintain peace in the country.
Speaking to the press in Mombasa, Kenya Community Support Center regional director, Phylis Muema urged political leaders to join the government in the fight against terror instead of attacking each other.
A section of members of parliament this week engaged in a war of words over the majority leader, Aden Duale's pledge to protect the Muslim community.
Ujamaa centre, another civil society group in Mombasa, through its excutive director Patrick Ochieng has however challenged the government to create a good working environment for security officers in order to enable them to effectively carry on their mandate.
“Security is not all about arms. The government should strategize on how to upgrade the intelligence service. It should also come up with proper policies to upgrade it," said Ochieng.
Ochieng claims that some police officers live in very poor houses which end up demoralizing their efforts in the line of duty.
The move comes as the state police officers embark on major security operations in Eastleigh to root out criminals in the area.
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