NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 1- As Kenya marked the 49th Madaraka Day, many citizens still feel that true freedom is yet to come due to the increasing gap between the rich and poor, coupled with rising insecurity.
Nairobi Metropolitan Assistant Minister Elizabeth Ongoro said all government agencies should work together and deal with unemployment and poverty to ensure security in the country.
She added that the idle youth with no jobs were the ones being used by terrorists in their operations.
Ongoro said the security situation which continues to worry many leaders and Kenyans should be treated as an urgent matter.
“The youth should be given opportunities especially in the business field. Our youth are very enterprising, but they are not able to build the kind of profile their competitors, who have been in the field for long… like to compete with a company that has been in existence for example 30 years,” said Ongoro.
She however said there was need for the government through the relevant security agencies to work closely with private security firms to enforce security in Nairobi.
“Any other country to try and enslave us in our own country is going to be fought very very seriously. Not even by the State itself, but by Kenyans at large. We can’t even go to prayer meetings any more or engage with any group meeting, just because of an overflow of problems from another country, “added the minister in apparent unrest in neighbouring Somalia.
Expressing their concerns after attending Friday’s Madaraka Day celebration in Nairobi, many citizens insisted that the government should fight corruption and ensure equitable distribution of resources.
“There is so much hunger, a lot of it. We are tired of this government. What is there to celebrate? The economy is bad; politics are bad and social life in general. But at least he (president) has promised us peace. Let’s wait and see,” said one the Kenyan who attended the celebrations.
Security was tight during Friday’s event at Nyayo Stadium, with those without identification locked out, including journalists who didn’t have proper identification.