Kibaki chairs Cabinet security meeting

July 12, 2012 4:02 pm
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The meeting was held a week after a major reshuffle of senior police and administrative officers across the country/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 12 – President Mwai Kibaki on Thursday chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Security committee at his Harambee House office.

A statement from the Presidential Press Service indicated that the meeting discussed security issues within and outside the country which included foreign relations.

“The meeting focused on Kenya’s internal and external security matters and steps being taken to ensure the security of the Kenyan people and their property,” the statement read.

The meeting was held a week after a major reshuffle of senior police and administrative officers across the country, as part of measures aimed at curbing terror threats posed by Al Shabaab militants.

The changes affected the entire security leadership of North Eastern province which is the worst hit by terrorists lately.

The meeting attended by Prime Minister Raila Odinga and vice President Kalonzo Musyoka narrowed to security matters as Kenya continues to face serious threats with the latest being a shooting spree that left 17 people dead in Garissa after an attack on two churches during Sunday service.

On Thursday, the Kenya Revenue Authority announced it had thwarted plans to smuggle into the country dangerous ingredients that could be used to make explosives.

There have been concerns across the country with concerns that the threats linked to the Al Shabaab will affect Kenya’s tourism sector.

The government has however vowed that it will not be cowed and will do anything to assure Kenyans of security.

Meanwhile, Kenya is still going on with the operation to silence Al Shabaab militia in Somalia in its quest for a secure region.

Currently the Internal Security Ministry is under the docket of Defence Minister Yusuf Hajj who is on an acting capacity following the death last month of Minister George Saitoti and his assistant Orwa Ojode.

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