Why is homeland security in such a mess?
24 November 2014, 14:00
Nairobi - The most fundamental aspect of a nation's prosperity is internal security otherwise known as homeland security. When a country has tight and high level security, then its development agenda is on course to be realised.
Africa is the emerging continent with most of its nations being poised to transform into developed states in less than quarter a century.
Out of ten most promising nations to develop into second world economies across the globe, seven are from Africa.
However, the continent faces its greatest challenge of all time. The security apparatus is in shambles from north to south to east to west.
In west Africa, Boko Haram has taken up arms and are on a slaughter campaign that has left the Nigerian government clueless.
North Africa is no less with rebels of every kind waging war against any form of governance especially in Libya.
Drop down to east Africa and the situation is a total mess. Kenya is experiencing its worst security crisis since God-knows-when.
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In northwest, policemen are being massacred in tens by cattle raiders and bandits. Move across the country to the east and the situation is clearly about to get out of hand.
Al Shabaab militants and their sympathisers have brought out terror upon lives of the citizens of Kenya.
The coastal towns of Mombasa and Lamu have witnessed first hand work of the rag tag militia that is heavily backed by Al Qaeda.
In recent days, security officials have stormed mosques in Mombasa and found grenades, Al Shabaab related flags, police badges, Islamic extremism teaching material and other illegal materials.
Days later, Al Shabaab have slaughtered 28 civilians who could not recite the Quran. It was a blood bath in the passenger bus that was destined for the capital from Mandera. Most of the passengers happened to be teachers. That is an automatic blow to the education sector and indirect jab at the tourism sector.
Government needs to take action on another level when dealing with insecurity. Speeches by top officers and the deputy president will not create any impact.
Currently, the president ought to call for crisis meetings that are high level to discuss the way forward on matters security.
He needs to have high security advisers sleeping by his side every minute to try and sort out the mess that is slowly flooding the country lest we lose direction in our development agenda.
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