NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 7 – The government has issued an order requiring both regional coordinators and county commissioners to enforce community policing in a bid to curb increasing rates of insecurity in the country.
In a programme dubbed ‘Nyumba Kumi’, all villages will be required to restructure into 10 households under a clear leadership that will be responsible for security.
Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Joseph ole Lenku says the policy will effectively handle crime cases across all regions.
“The government has directed that the concept of ‘Nyumba Kumi’ be integrated into community policing to ensure that the current system of villages under an elder are restructured into 10 household units similar to a concept in other jurisdictions like Tanzania,” he stated.
He said a legal and institutional framework has already been put in place to ensure communities take a central role in their own security.
“We support the community policing as an effective strategy in the fight against crime and has put in place measures required; this will enhance partnership between the police and community,” he said.
While noting terrorism as the greatest security challenge in the country, Lenku urged security organs to remain vigilant by ensuring security measures were put in place to nip these cases in the bud.
“The recent Westgate Mall attack in the country which claimed over 60 innocent lives together with other isolated incidences of terrorism in parts of northern Kenya and coast regions give the country a bad name,” he regretted.
“This has resulted to travel advisories being issued by foreign governments.”
He said terrorism activities if not stopped will have negative ramifications to the growth and development of the country and require concerted effort of all Kenyans and international partners of goodwill.
He revealed that a new legal framework has been established through the National Security Council Regulations that will see county security committees formed.
“To integrate the community into the management of security, the National Police Service Act provides for County Policing Authority and the Community Policing Committees and Forums,” he noted.
He said the objective of these security structures was to strengthen community police partnership to promote trust and confidence between the police and the community, “and to improve information sharing.”