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Keep politics out of security sector, analyst urges

21 August 2014, 19:20

Nairobi - A prominent security analyst called for the country’s security services to operate autonomously from interference by politicians in order to function effectively.

Bashir Haji Abdullahi, the expert, who is a retired military officer, said the politicization of security issues weakened functions of such services in carrying out a duty to shield the country from insecurity.

“Keep politics out of the security issue. When security is politicized, it is the ordinary citizens who suffer,” he added.

He said services such as the National Police Service should be allowed to work in a fully independent manner in order for it to deliver.

“NPS should be left to do its job as per the Constitution without being politicized,” said Abdullahi.

Abdullahi cited the contrasting stances the security services and government offered regarding the perpetrators of the Mpeketoni attacks that killed scores in June.

President Uhuru Kenyatta claimed politicians incited the attacks, which have claimed more than 70 people, while the National Intelligence Service said Al Shabaab terror group perpetrated the attacks.

Al Shabaab later claimed responsibility for the siege.

Abdullahi advised that the government to invest more in security and in intelligence in particular.

“Government should invest in security in order to get intelligence and should not treat people who give information to the police as suspects,”
said the analyst.

– CAJ News

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