24 November 2012

Kenya: We Must All Fight Insecurity


This was a tragic week for Kenya. First there was the killing of six Kenyans in a terrorist attack on a matatu on Juja Road, Nairobi.

Then there was the killing of three soldiers in Garissa by suspected al-Shabaab adherents. These are acts of violence that should be denounced in the strongest terms possible.

This is not the first time innocent Kenyans have lost their lives in acts of terror. Ever since the Kenya Defence Forces invaded Somalia to rout out al-Shabaab militants, Kenyans have experienced several terror attacks. Not even church premises, which have all along been considered sacred territory, have been spared the indignities of terror suspects.

That security is one of the most treasured human needs is not in dispute. People, the world over, can hardly make progress on the economic, social and political fronts when they are constantly stalked with insecurity.

Needless to mention countries like Somalia, DRC Congo whose economies are in shambles largely due to overwhelming levels of insecurity.

These incidents of insecurity that are becoming commonplace in Kenya should be a wake up call to the government. There is an urgent need to put in place measures that will guarantee Kenyans of their security.

More police officers should be recruited, trained and deployed to secure Kenyans and their property. The military should also be at hand to defend the country from indiscriminate acts of attack.

Meanwhile, Kenyans should be encouraged to cooperate with the security agencies in flushing out elements of terror. Terrorists live among us and the sooner we point them out the better for our country.It is an act of betrayal to oneself and the country as a whole to hide a terrorist.

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