7 December 2013

Kenya: KDF Sent to Northern Kenya

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Kenya Red Cross agents help carry the injured in renewed inter-clan clashes in Moyale, Marsabit County (file photo).

The Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) will be deployed to quell incidences of insecurity between warring armed communities in the country especially in Northern Kenya after Parliament approved its deployment.

MPs gave their approval on Thursday night following a request by President Uhuru Kenyatta. The deployments will be done in Samburu, Marsabit, West Pokot and Turkana counties where several people have been killed by rival clans.

According to the President the forces will be sent to restore peace and security and stop those fighting from destroying property.

President Uhuru Kenyatta's request was communicated to the House by Speaker Justin Muturi at 9.40pm and discussed at 11.36 pm

This is the first time the President has sought the help of KDF to help deal with internal security issues.

Although KDF was deployed to Westgate to fight off terrorists, Parliament ratified the deployment after the siege.

Yesterday Deputy President William Ruto said that parliament had given a go ahead to President to deploy the military to bolster security especially in crisis torn areas.

The Deputy President was speaking in Nyeri County when he presided over the launch of Mathira constituency trust fund at Karatina stadium.

"We are doing everything possible to ensure that lives and properties of all Kenyans are secure. We are going to be firm on matters of security to ensure every citizen is safe," said Ruto.

The Deputy President stated that the government is committed to restore normalcy and peaceful co-existence between the Gabra and Borana communities in Marsabit County and also between the Pokot and Turkana.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku expressed confidence that the situation will soon return to normal and that residents in the area will continue living in peace and tranquility.

"His Excellency the President takes very seriously the protection of life and property for all. It is in this context that he sought and got approval from Parliament to deploy Kenya Defence Forces to where insecurity has been a problem. Through this bold move, security will be restored to all troubled spots in the country," he said.

At the same time, Lenku put on notice leaders who were inciting the youth to violence saying that they will be dealt with sternly.

"The government is aware that some leaders are trying to radicalize youths and use them to create unrest in some parts of the country. We will not tolerate such leaders and we are putting them on notice today to stop their ways or we will go after them. It does not matter where they undertake their radicalization activities... whether in churches, in mosques or in the bush," he warned.

On education, the Deputy President said that the government will soon roll out a comprehensive a programme to develop middle level college in the country so as to equip the youth with relevant skills and competencies for national development.

He said that to improve education standards, 25 percent of all the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) allocation, will be set aside to address various aspects education in the constituencies.

"To assist bright children from poor and economically challenged backgrounds pursue secondary and higher education,25 percent of all CDF allocation will go towards education," he said.

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