11 February 2013

Kenya: Security Concerns Must Be Addressed Now


Inspector General of police David Kimaiyo has his work cut out for him. Not only does he have to contend with the lackluster manner in which police reforms are being undertaken, he also has to deal with an increasing number of policemen who are now using their official weapons to intimidate, steal and rob from the public.

His recent direction to police commandants to take control of the policemen and firearms under their charge will most likely be regarded by a weary and frustrated public as just yet another of the many empty promises that have been made with little action.

It is not until they see action being taken against the likes of Matakwel and other rogue policemen especially the the traffic cops who have taken it upon themselves to harass,intimidate and at worst, rob and kill.

Public trust and faith in the police will be restored if Kimaiyo and the newly established Internal Affairs department is seen to act on the numerous and unending complaints made against the police.

Until their reign of impunity is brought to an end, the public can only live in hope that whatever regime comes in after March 4, they give the security agenda the priority it deserves.

Quote of the day: "If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner," Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, 1993 Nobel peace laureate was released from the Victor Verster Prison on February 11, 1990 after spending 27 years in jail.

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