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Uhuru asked to sack tardy security personnel

30 September 2013, 12:55 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - President Uhuru Kenyatta should sack government officials found to have absconded their responsibilities before the Westgate terror attack, a group of Mount Kenya politicians have opined.

The leaders said that the officials must be held accountable for the incident to avoid similar incidents in the future. 

Led by Nyeri County senator, Mutahi Kagwe, the political leaders said that investigations must be carried out on those suspected to have slept on their jobs and probably be fired to avoid a scenario where the nation loses innocent lives.

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“Ruthless criminals should not be allowed to succeed in their activities. The local security unit should completely secure the nation as it is provided by law,” said Kagwe.

The senator also faulted the law saying that currently it cannot curb or cope with ‘heinous’ crimes perpetrated by terrorists.

Mathira MP, Peter Weru, echoed Kagwe’s sentiments saying those found to have relaxed in their duties of protecting the nation should offer an explanation.

“I will also be moving a motion in parliament aimed at giving more powers to the National Intelligence Service (NIS). The parliament ought to give the body more powers and teeth to bite so we can avoid losing innocent lives,” he said.

Kieni MP, James Mathenge (Kanini Kega), said Kenya has qualified personnel and anyone unable to undertake their assigned roles to protect citizens should leave office.

The MP wondered how such an attack was planned and executed without the knowledge of NIS and CID.

The politicians called for a probe on the country’s security apparatus to determine who failed the nation.

They were speaking over the weekend in Nyeri during the burial service of Chris Murungaru’s brother, Erastus Wanjohi.

Others present were Meru senator Kiraitu Murungi, former cabinet minister David Mwiraria and former MP Paul Muite.

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