Thursday, December 4th, 2014 @ 10:59AM

In the recent past, our country has been hit by unprecedented insecurity and terror incidences that have left the entire nation and the world shaken. The 2013 Westgate attacks, the orgy of violence in Mpeketoni, Mombasa, Lamu, the Kapedo massacre and most recent the Mandera killings are quite disturbing incidences.

I pass my condolence to the families and friends of our dear brothers and sisters killed in Mandera during the two attacks. Clearly, something has not been right in the management of the security in the country. I welcome the changes in the security sector announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday. This is what Kenyans have been asking for. However, we must be careful as a nation not to just change individuals and forget the bigger problem, which is the system under which such office beaters operate in.

When a system has failed, the results can only be dangerous and catastrophic. A relook at the entire homeland security system remains an urgent matter and must be addressed with immediate attention. A country can have a very competent head of an institution but the performance of that individual will remain questionable if the system is broken.

The country needs a system where institutions in charge of security sector work harmoniously and coherently as opposed to seeing themselves as competitors. From intelligence gatherers to those required to enforce and deal with identified threats must be smooth and rapid. A system that provides a joint action in order to prevent or counter any attack is what the country needs.

Elimination of any form of corruption in the entire system must remain the priority of the government if it is going to win the war on terrorism and related insecurities.  Securing our boarders must be a top agenda.

With Kenya Defence Forces in Somalia, it is obvious Al-Shabaab will always try to revenge on the soft targets. But the government should not let that happen. We need a physical closure of the long boarders if that is what it will take to secure our people. KDF should ensure day and night patrols including aerial surveillance.

The military must create a buffer zone in areas considered more prone to attacks.

The country cannot continue losing innocent lives either to Al-Shabaab or any other criminal or terror gang. It remains the responsibility of the government to protect its people. The government must stamp its authority and show its might in reassuring Kenyans of their must needed security. We must never relent on war against terror.

16 Comments to "STATEMENT ON SECURITY " add comment
December 4, 2014 at 3:17 pm

”The country needs a system where institutions in charge of security sector work harmoniously and coherently as opposed to seeing themselves as competitors”
Well said sir.

Peter Njuki
December 4, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Great article Hon Peter Kenneth. I am so proud of you as a leader and your voice on this matter is greatly appreciated as a voice of reason. I hope the jubilee government will take such wise counsel and deal with the real problems, regardless of how huge the obstacles are.

Vincent G Ogero
December 5, 2014 at 9:40 am

Let us rethink our stay in Somalia and if possible come up with an exit strategy that will also secure our borders and prevent the influx of refugees ,illegal arms and contraband goods .

December 6, 2014 at 8:47 am

Well said sir, and to add on that I don’t think its wise for the government to announce to the whole world their intended plans on terrorism! the terrorists are watching and will beat the government on its game, the Kenya government needs to be smart! and pulling out of Somali will never be the solution, we have been hit by terrorists even before and after KDF went there! Ethiopia has it forces there but we never hear of attacks there, I think its high time our government borrowed a leaf from the Ethiopian intelligence system!

Tom Openda
December 6, 2014 at 9:58 am

Kenya being in Somalia is not the issue but our security system as Mheshimiwa ably puts it. If being in Somalia was the issue then Ethiopia who went into Somalia before Kenya did and who continue to be there, would be having the same insecurity problems. How come Ethiopia remains free of attacks; the answer must lies in their security systems.

simon chege
December 8, 2014 at 8:42 am

Great comment sir hope the government will do what you have said

Elijah Mwandoe
December 6, 2014 at 1:36 am

In Nigeria, it was during Gen. Babangidas reign when even pickpockets dissapeared because they would be shot on site. Some hard punch needed here, let’s stop firefighting and create those firebreaks… NOW

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December 6, 2014 at 5:48 am

Very well said sir. Kenyans need to come FIRST on the agenda of our leaders. We need security and protection from all hazards. It should not be too risky to leave in Kenya. Kenyans need to be more partriotic and less selfish to reduce corruption. Every Kenyan has a role to play to ensure security. When one harbours a terrorist, they are abating and promoting terrorism. When one takes a bribe to allow an illegal immigrant they are promoting INSECURITY. God bless Kenya.

joseph ndungu
December 6, 2014 at 6:25 am

Well said..!hon Peter Kenneth

Keval Bhanderi
December 6, 2014 at 7:25 am

Great, it is imperative that we identify the short comings of a system in order to get lasting solutions for improvement.

samuel ndei
December 6, 2014 at 10:53 am

right lets have a buffer zone n electric fence along the border .Then introduce 24hrs manned gates may be at intervals of every 10km
by this no one will commit a crime and get an escape route.the same way we have manged our wild life

wycliffe luhatse
December 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm

a brilliant article mheshimiwa, security is for all of us, let every body be on guard and support the government interventions, opposition should be careful when they address public,terrorism is a monster that no one should defend, keep it up hon. i visited gatanga and have seen what you have done,you are a national figure, im here in kakamega in shinyalu constituency you have my support,we can partner for a better society.

Robert Emmanuel Bunyasi
December 6, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Yes Sir,well said.This is the time all the Kenyans and our visitors should be assured of the security 24/7 by the government.This is NOT the time for politicizing each other but the time of being our brothers keepers knowing that regardless of color,size and so forth we all belong to one father GOD.Lets keep Kenya and the whole world in prayers.

David Ludogoli
December 7, 2014 at 10:28 am

We are playing politics with this issue. We need sober minds or maybe bring back a “Special branch” to deal with it.

One day, this faceless enemy will make this country ungovernable and that is when the real Kenyans will stand and fight.

Naphtali Kombo
December 9, 2014 at 7:34 am

l totally agree with Hon Peter,We can not succeed the war on insecurity if the system we have in combating the same is outdated. We need to fight insecurity from all angles,all available means and employ new measures that are logical to this effect,that would include all departments working jointly towards a common goal,void of corruption. l repeat,void of corruption.

dorcas ndungu
May 7, 2015 at 10:09 pm

thanks Hon. Kennedy well said yes never relent war against terrorists

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