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Security lapse fears downplayed

20 January 2014, 10:08

Nairobi - Principal Secretary for Internal Security and Coordination of Government, Mutea Iringo, has denied an overlap between national and county governments in security matters.

He refuted claims of overlaps as alleged by  Deputy President, William Ruto, who threatened to disband security forces due to what he said was their inability to contain rising cases of insecurity in the country.

This followed the spate of insecurity in Marsabit County.

“There is no contradiction or overlap in the duties of the national and county governments in dealing with insecurity in the country,” said Iringo.

He pointed out that county governments had partnered with the national government in dealing with insecurity through various security committees formed at different levels of administration.

“The county security committee in the counties and the sub-county committees in the former districts and the divisional security committees in the divisions are doing a good job and working with national government to deal with insecurity In the country,” said Iringo.

He appealed to Kenyans to support the government in community policing and ensure that the government’s recently-launched “nyumba kumi” initiative bore fruit.

He also said that the committees together with the 'nyumba kumi' initiative would foster and ensure success of the Rapid Results Initiative in the security sector.

Iringo meanwhile asked parliament to increase budgetary allocation to the ministry in order to enable it better handle insecurity in the country.

Kenya has suffered a series of terrorist attacks since 2011 when Kenyan troops were deployed to Somalia.

The latest attack at a restaurant at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport last Thursday.

– CAJ News


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