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Will Kimaiyo rise up to action as IG?

03 January 2013, 12:56 Paul Orodi

For the first time we have an Inspector General of police.

This is a new position that came with the promulgation of the constitution.

Never before have we ever had a police boss who has been interviewed before a panel in the presence of the general public.

However, there is no time for him to give statements and press briefings to thank whoever and whatever made it possible for him to take up that position.

This is because he has come into office at a time when the country is walking on thin ice in terms of insecurity.

Recent incidents can prove that fact.

His in-tray at the moment is a full house and he has to attend to all those matters before March 4th because failure to do so might give him a challenging task proving why he is still the man to hold that office.

The Baragoi massacre is still fresh in the minds of Kenyans and it has instilled some great fear among young Kenyans to the extent that the recent police recruitment was a flop in regard to target numbers.

The cattle rustlers are very well equipped to combat any police force that tries to traverse their territory.

This is an alarming fact because the state of security is simply in the gutters and therefore it is very hard for any developments to be put up in Northern Kenya.

How Kimaiyo is planning to deal with this situation is yet to be known but he should keep in mind that it is among the urgent situations that need urgent attention.

As Kimaiyo was being sworn in, Tana River people were fleeing their homes due to skirmishes that have rocked the county.

It is a security situation that has left the government placed in bad books with its citizens.

The fighting in the Tana delta has left many without homes, families and even lives.

This is not a small issue since we are heading towards the elections and it is only logical that we put off any burning bush before we have a whole country up in flames.

The IG of police needs to address the security situation at the coast province in order to reassure Kenyans that the security of the entire country is not at risk.

How he plans to do this is yet to be known but what is for sure is that his failure to deal with the crisis may force Kenyans to lose hope in him.

The whole country has put its security department in the hands of Kimaiyo and the man has a huge plate of situations and crises to sort out.

If he is up to the task or not will be known just before, during or after the elections.

Personally, I think that he is up to task just by the fact that he has been appointed to the office of Inspector General.

However, if he rises up to the occasion or not, the fact remains the security situation in the country is shaky and the thin ice might just break and the whole country is immersed in the ice.

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