The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Address Insecurity, Raila Orders Police

Prime Minister Raila Odinga yesterday asked security agencies to rigorously enforce the law and stem the rising cases of lawlessness. Saying security was critical to the stability of the country, Odinga expressed concern that if not checked, insecurity could retard development.

Addressing an ODM rally at Kabiro grounds in Kawangware, Nairobi, the PM reiterated that it was the responsibility of the government to protect people and their property "otherwise, the government cannot have the moral authority to govern".

The PM, however, cautioned against haphazard arrests and detention of innocent people, saying the police must serve Kenyans and not harass them.

Raila also spoke on food security saying an ODM government will put in place programmes that will make the country self- sufficient in food production.

He said: " We do not envisage a situation when the country will go begging for food handouts from our friends outside neither do we want any of our counties to be food deficient when we are elected into government next year."

He also touched on education and health, saying the accessibility to these two very important social services was still wanting nationally.

"It is crucial that all children are accessed these services and more irrespective of whether their parents can afford them or not," he added.

On voter registration, the PM repeated his appeal to illegible Kenyans to register as voters in the ongoing voter registration exercise to be able vote in leaders that will bring the desired change to the country.

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