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Uhuru urged to stop responding to critics

01 December 2014, 14:59 John Kioko

Mombasa - United Democratic Forum and Amani Coalition Leader, Musalia Mudavadi, has told the Jubilee government to take the spiraling insecurity seriously and stop answering critics.

Mudavadi said that insecurity in the country will not be solved through engaging in a shouting match with critics.

“You have a responsibility to secure the nation and you must take charge," Mudavadi said.

He said that the talking between the president and his critics must stop.

“Government assurances are no longer useful to a tired and bleeding nation. The government response is becoming irritating. This approach will not revive the dead nor will it stem the state of hopelessness that we are in. Let those charged with securing the country, for once, take responsibility,” he added.

Mudavadi was addressing a fundraiser for 50 women groups in at Vigurungani, Kinango Constituency in Kwale County on Saturday.

“The President can only dry the tears of the bereaved if he cracks the whip. He swore to protect the lives and property of Kenyans and not the job security of individuals, members of a community or ruling coalition,” he said.

Mudavadi had earlier met with Governor Salim Mvurya where he commended Kwale people for keeping the peace and refusing to be stigmatized as hosts of terrorists.

“The coastal region economy is particularly affected by insecurity. In all counties, the mainstay tourism industry is on its death bed. Loss of jobs and unemployment will only heighten the feelings of marginalization. We must not let this happen,” he said.

Mudavadi urged the national government to tarmac Kwale-Samburu road that would open south coast to more tourism investment and ease traffic and time wasted on Likoni ferry.

“This road had been a campaign tool for too long. Let’s do the correct thing and construct the road that will link South Coast and Tsavo National park without having to through Mombasa,” said Mudavadi.

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He was accompanied by Deputy party chairman Yare Mohammed, Secretary General Justus Kizito and organizing Secretary Basil Mwakiringo, where he also attended the burial of Senator Agnes Zani’s mother.

Mudavadi also met Kwale County officials to popularize the re-branding of UDF as Amani National Congress (ANC).

The former Deputy Prime Minister outlined how insecurity can be tackled saying there is need to review the commitment to security sector reforms that have been sabotaged.

“Review of the coordination, command and response structure of security agencies to avoid interagency rivalry and inertia.   Establish the County Policing Authority as provided for by the law,” he said.

“It is not enough and it’s defeatist for the President to extol Kenyans to own their security and yet deny their County governments’ involvement in security matters. The President must urgently convene a Summit to have input from County governments on how to contain runaway insecurity," he urged.

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