President Kenyatta supports ‘Nyumba Kumi’ initiative
10 October 2013, 19:00
Nairobi - Governors on Thursday met President Uhuru Kenyatta and agreed to launch integrated national security framework in counties under the ‘Nyumba Kumi’ initiative.
The ‘Nyumba Kumi’ strategy requires citizens to know their neighbours and what they do in life.
The meeting deliberated on measures to enhance partnerships between the national and county levels of government in order to boost public safety and security throughout the country.
The national and county governments agreed to work out modalities of joining-up security related technologies including CCTV into one integrated platform to combat crime across the country.
The resolution was made during a meeting between President Kenyatta and Governors at State House, Nairobi.
The meeting, also attended by the Cabinet Secretaries Joseph Ole Lenku and Ms Anne Waiguru and the Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua ,agreed that the integrated security framework will involve active participation of citizens.
President Kenyatta and the Governors agreed on improvement of community policing especially in border counties to seal loopholes currently being exploited by people illegally crossing into the country with ill motives.
The meeting agreed on the establishment of a national disaster preparedness and response mechanism with focal points in every county to better equip the nation with capacity to deal with disasters and emergencies as they emerged.
The meeting noted that the recent terrorist attack on the Westgate Mall served to unite Kenyans on a common purpose rather than divide them on ethnic and religious lines.
The leaders cautioned that the current efforts to fight crime including terrorism should not be politicised.
President Kenyatta assured the Governors of his willingness and that of the national government to work with county governments on all security related matters.
He directed Lenku to meet and agree with the Council of Governors on the best way to implement the resolutions.
The Council of Governors led by its Chair and Bomet Governor, Isaac Ruto presented the President with a cheque of KES 4.7 million towards the Westgate Mall attack victims’ fund.