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Uhuru's government posed with security threat

22 May 2013, 14:51 Paul Orodi

With the recent spate in insecurity across the country, many have been left with questions as to who is instigating these violent attacks and for what specific reason? From Mandera to Bungoma all we have seen is violent attacks but no theft of any kind thus raising eyebrows.

Having assumed office less than 100 days ago, the President has not had enough time to tackle the rising insecurity due to the fact that he had numerous invitations to honor. First he set off for Mombasa and then Arusha thereafter heading to South Africa and London. He has been a busy man and his deputy was left with the task of dealing with the major and very critical issue.

On another scale, the very crucial docket that houses security agencies is vacant. No one has been appointed to head the ministry of interior and coordination of national government thus creating a vacuum in system of operation. Who will be answerable to the President? Yes, the police commanders can be summoned for meetings and briefings but the importance of a cabinet secretary is paramount. He or she is supposed to contact the president on a daily basis to brief him on happenings and operations in various areas.

Without a head at the security related docket, the vacuum can only be experienced until the office is occupied. Police commanders and senior security chiefs cannot be contacting the president’s office on a daily basis to drop briefing since this might create some form of clog or jam due to the plenty number of operations being executed on an hourly basis.

The recent rise in insecurity has been witnessed without any form of theft being orchestrated. This raises plenty of questions as to who is behind them and what is their intention? For attacks to be executed there must be either motive of theft or to cause harm of whatever magnitude. If theft would have been reported then it would have been a simple case of violent robbery and consequently the security agencies would work to cub these crimes through arresting of the perpetrators and prosecuting them.

However, with no theft of any kind, we are left with the assumption that the attacks have been designed by people of great influence to create some form of fear or concession. They want the victims to either refrain from their beliefs in terms of political, ideological or social or they want them to concede to some authority that is not bestowed by law. With this kind of scenario, it is only right to follow up on the powerful individuals and senior security officers who might be colluding to ensure that the attacks are successful and no meaningful arrests are made.

Looking at all these negatives in the security field, it is clear that the insecurity might continue to be a threat unless we cumulatively tackle all these issues. The President is around now and he is set to tackle the problem but still we need an independent security agency that can forgo bribes and payouts which jeopardize its operations and objectives. To top it off we need a cabinet secretary to head the interior and national coordination government so as to fill up that vacuum. Failure to these insecurity might continue to pose a threat to stability and economic development of our nation.

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