Security takes sizeable share of Madaraka Day talk
02 June 2014, 10:01
Nairobi - The prevailing state of security in the country as expected dominated talk during the Madaraka Day celebrations.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday vowed to
improve security in major cities and towns to stabilize the country.
Kenyatta said his government has embarked on installing CCTV cameras
in major cities and towns, as well as broadband connectivity at border
"Our unity is needed now than never before. Terrorists, thieves and
poachers threaten our lives, our property and our national heritage. Our
first defense is our men and women in the disciplined services,"
Kenyatta said during celebrations to mark 51 years of self-rule.
The Kenyan leader said the government has also provided at least
1,200 vehicles for police, which in time will also be equipped with CCTV
"Our initiatives are not confined to security. To manage it, as well
as our immigration, and to gather data far more accurate than we have
now, my government will establish a national digital register in the
coming financial year," Kenyatta said.
Cases of armed robberies targeting retail outlets in Nairobi, Mombasa and in northern Kenya have escalated this year.
According to testimonies from traders and security guards, crowded
streets major cities and towns are the prime target owing to their
The soaring crime wave in the cities and towns has also scared
investors and if unchecked might reverse economic progress. Hardly a day
has passed without an incident of violent robbery being reported in
Nairobi and its environs.
But Kenyatta noted that nearly 8,000 young men and women have joined
the disciplined services and 33 million U.S. dollars has been set aside
for the recruitment of additional 10,000 police officers this year.
"They will enter a police service whose conditions of service are
rapidly improving: new housing and insurance will soon be theirs, as we
have already set aside 18.3 million dollars for the Police Medical
"In return, we expect that their standards of discipline and service will rise to meet the expectations of Kenyans."
He announced government plans to establish a national digital
register next financial year to gather and store accurate data on
security and immigration issues.
"The resources we need have already been set aside and we can expect a
full and comprehensive register of persons and property, enterprises
and land. Contrary to the voices of controversy, our only aim is to
unify the management of our information into a single, credible source
of truth about matters of public concern," he said.
The president said national unity is needed now more than never
before as "terrorists, thieves and poachers threaten our lives, our
property and our national heritage."
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