Interior CS urges Kenyans to be wary of neighbours
Interior and Coordination of National Government Ministry has this morning held a joint meeting of all security commanders in both the National Government Administration and the National Police Service.
The Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet, also unveiled the newly appointed Police County Commanders, concluding the formation of the new police command structure in line with the reforms announced by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta last year.
The interactive conference comes in the wake of the recent attack in Nairobi’s 14 Riverside Drive where 21 people lost their lives. It, therefore, provided the opportunity for the security sector to reflect on the advances made in carrying out their cardinal responsibility of protecting Kenyans and their property and creating a peaceful economic environment for investors.
While thanking security officers for their selfless acts of valour and unconditional dedication to duty, the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, reiterated that the Government remains resolute and uncompromising in discharging its duty of securing the country from belligerents and criminal elements. Dr. Matiang’i took the opportunity to announce that the Government has rededicated its resources to advancing coordination of Security and Intelligence Committees as part of the efforts to address the emerging security challenges, especially terrorism.
“The multi-agency approach in the management of the security sector is here to stay and all of us, as the leaders must ensure effective coordination, information sharing and joint security actions in our respective areas of jurisdiction,”
Dr. Matiang’i stated.
He also urged those present to foster citizen participation in security issues through interventions such as the Nyumba Kumi, Peace Elders, Community Policing, and Village Elders among others, adding that the Government will intensify efforts to engage all neighbourhoods and communities across the country in policing and security initiatives.
He urged the relevant authorities to work hard on the “know your neighbour campaigns” to encourage members of the general public to share information on security related matters with the authorities in real time.
We must encourage individual and collective responsibility for security amongst our people.” The Cabinet Secretary also asked the PS for State Department for Interior, Dr. Karanja Kibicho, to draft a proposal in the next 30 days on how to engage citizens more proactively and leverage this important information-sharing tool to improve security and create a peaceful economic environment in the country.
The CS pointed out that the swift and well-coordinated response by security officers during the recent dusitD2 attack in Nairobi proved that the robust modernization programme and reformation agenda within the National Police Service and the National Government Administration are already yielding fruits.
In addition to improving police welfare, the CS emphasized the need to establish better human resource management system within the Service and directed officials to fast-track the ongoing digitization of the police personal records before the February 28, 2019 deadline.
He also urged the officers to proactively participate in the delivery of government programmes, including enforcement of the traffic rules, implementation of the moratorium on illegal logging in public forests, and land titling among other development projects.
On his part, the Cabinet Secretary of ICT, Joe Mucheru, encouraged those present to robustly communicate government policy on all media platforms adding that this will improve policing approaches and accelerate the realization of the country’s immediate and long-term security objectives. Dr. Matiang’i echoed these remarks and described the media as one of the key stakeholders and an active player in the management of security issues.
“It is the policy of government that we behave and interact as a civilized community; we will always respect the freedom of the press for we are bound by law at all times to work with and support the press,”
Dr. Matiang’i stated.
The CS also took issue with the recent proliferation of illegal firearms in the country and restated that the new Firearms Licensing and Control Board is in the process of issuing new smart licenses fitted with micro-chips to civilian firearms holders and concurrently creating a digital register of all holders to curb crime.
“The police officers know the pain we are going through to collect evidence of crime due to unlicensed firearms. Every civilian holding a gun must have the new license a card by 18th of March,”
Dr. Matiang’i reiterated.
In the same breath, the CS directed that all Kenya Police Reservists and National Police Reservists be registered for orderliness and better management of equipping the officers before the Government embarks on countrywide operation to mop up illegal firearms.
Dr. Matiang’i also reminded the Regional Commissioners and County Commissioners to step up cooperation with other ministries in the implementation of key government projects, including — but not limited to — the National Integrated Identity Management System, which shall be rolled out soon
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