Govt expands military command to tackle terrorism
10 December 2013, 14:54
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday expanded the military's role in tackling security threats in the country.
A statement from the Ministry of Defense said Kenyatta created the new command for the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) to be named the Nairobi Metropolitan Command to deal with drug trafficking, threats emerging from terrorism and proliferation of small arms.
"The new Command is as a result of the current threat posture in the country emerging from terrorism, drug trafficking, proliferation of small arms, crime among others that tend to flourish in highly urbanized area like Nairobi," the statement said.
The ministry said the KDF is currently operationally divided into two commands namely, East and West.
The new command of the military comes as insecurity looms including terrorism, violent robberies, poaching, kidnappings and drugs trafficking.
Soon after the Sept. 21 terrorist attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, the government proposed radical measures such as community policing including patrol along the country's entry points to tackle insecurity.
Kenya also fears such uncontrolled movements may speed up the exportation of conflicts, transfer transnational crimes such as cattle rustling, vehicle theft, cyber crime, child trafficking and human smuggling as well as document identity fraud.