, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 19 – Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku has said that major security plans have been put in place to ensure the country is safe during the festive season.
Speaking when he launched a 100 days Rapid Results Initiative for his docket, Lenku said police had adopted firm measures to ensure they contain insecurity in the country.
“Our core mandate is to make sure the life and the property of Kenyans are protected,” he said as he urged the various security agencies to foster unity among them as they face the common challenge of insecurity.
He however said that police alone cannot deliver without the support of members of the public.
He said the police will use a participatory approach in dealing with security issues in the country so as to enhance how they respond to various situations.
“We want to go through a rapid result initiative that the ministry in consultation with other stakeholders has developed to make sure we address arising security issues,” he pointed out.
He also said he was committed to ensure the ministry eradicates corruption.
Lenku also said they will discuss on the continued evolving cases of crime in the country and possible ways of eliminating them.
A report by the Governance, Justice, Law and Order Sector (GJLOS) on November 14 showed crime in Kenya had become complex and has extended to sophisticated forms.
The report recommends that the country needs to embark on a re-training session for those in the sector on modern international security approaches, techniques and equipment.
On November 18 the National Task Force on Community Policing called on all security bodies in the country to change their approach while dealing with security issues.
The Task Force chairman Joseph Kaguthi said there should be more public participation to ensure trust between the police service and the public is enhanced.
Kaguthi said police should examine and evaluate the traditional and current community policing systems and structures with a view to adopting the best practices and aligning them to the national security model.
“As security challenges evolve, so should it be the means of dealing with them for the National Police Service to adequately provide secure environment for Kenyans,” he stated.
“There has to be a complete shift in the way things are done. It is impossible to fight crime in the country, using last century strategies.”
He said the newly formed community policing programme dubbed ‘Nyumba Kumi’ was going to develop a road-map for fast-tracking the pending police reform activities.
The Interior Secretary said the government will not relent in the fight against crime.