, MERU, Kenya, Jan 5 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga has directed security agencies in the country to stem the rising cases of lawlessness by being extra vigilant especially this electioneering period.
He said that security was vital to the stability of the country and expressed concern that if not checked, insecurity could retard the general development.
The PM made the remarks on Saturday while addressing mourners at Kabirichia Boys Secondary School in Meru County during the funeral service of a prominent businessman Kirima M’muna who was gunned down on December 26 in Nairobi by robbers.
The PM said that he had been saddened by the death of the late businessman whom he described as a personal friend and a role model as his life history was a demonstration of the reward of hard work.
Odinga who also visited and consoled the family of late nominated councillor Lydia Gitumu in the area, reiterated that it was the responsibility of the government to protect Kenyans and their property.
“The government is not going to relent on its duty to maintain and guarantee security to all Kenyans so that all of us can freely go about their business without fear,” he said.
He said police reforms will go on so that the force can put in place proper structures to ensure security for Kenyans especially as the general elections draw nearer.
While assuring of the government’s commitment to provide adequate security for all Kenyans, Odinga reiterated that the ongoing police reforms will enhance the capacity of the country’s security agencies to provide swift and adequate security.
At the same time, the PM called on Kenyans and especially politicians to be custodians of peace by carrying out peaceful campaigns.
Present were Assistant Minister for Planning and who also a Presidential candidate Peter Kenneth, Higher Education Assistant Minister Dr. Kilemi Mwiria and former Cabinet Minister Raphael Tuju.
Others were former Ntonyiri MP Maoka Maore and Central Imenti MP Gitobu Imanyara who described the late as a self made man with very basic education but with a determination to make it.