2 April 2014

Kenya: We Will Win the War On Terror - Ole Lenku

Photo: IRIN
A policeman walks past the remains of a public minibus blown in Kenya (file photo).

Nairobi — Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku has said that the government will eradicate terrorist activities in the country through a joint effort by all security agencies.

Lenku who was speaking at Harambee House during the State-of-The-Nation briefings being conducted by the cabinet in related clusters, added that security patrols in major settlements within the country and along border points will receive a boost once 7000 officers set to graduate on Friday join the defence forces.

The Interior CS reiterated his earlier statement that refugees have added to the security problem adding that the designated refugee settlements will be continuously scrutinised.

Lenku during the address distanced the government from the killing of controversial pro-radicalisation Muslim cleric Sheikh Abubakar Sharif, alias Makaburi, an ally of Seikh Aboud Rogo who was killed.

Lenku said whoever killed Makaburi will be treated as a criminal equal to the perpetrators of the attack on Joy of Jesus Church in Likoni last month.

While fielding questions from journalists Lenku said that the terror activities in the Coast and in Nairobi are criminal acts and not a religious conflict.

Lenku was however hard put to respond to questions on the Westgate attack, but said that to aid future investigations, the government is setting up a forensic lab to handle complex investigations.

Cabinet Secretary for Defence Ambassadeur Raychelle Omamoh who also made a self-appraisal address, said that among the successes that her docket has achieved since taking office is the successful evacuation of 3500 Kenyans from South Sudan following the civil unrest between government and rebel forces last year.

Omamoh added that the KDF ranked 6th best in Africa and 46th best military outfit globally, also successfully eliminated the terrorist assailants who staged the Westgate attack in September last year, after coming in to assist as mandated by the constitution.

Omamoh concluded that the KDF has attained rapid response capability, and through an intergovernmental initiative will seek to attain the same with an joint force of troops from East Africa and the greater African region.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance Henry Rotich said that the Finance Ministry has managed to bring down the inflation rate from double digit two years ago, to a single digit at present.

Rotich added that the exchange rate of the Kenyan shilling has stabilized since the coming into power of the Jubilee government despite security threats, and expressed optimism that the economy will continue to grow having already gotten to a five percent growth rate up from 4.6 percent.

The State-of-The-Nation briefings will come to a close tomorrow with the social cluster encompassing among other ministries, Devolution and Education, Science and Technology, giving their progress reports.

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