NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 7 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has categorically stated that no religious institutions will be allowed to serve as centres of recruiting terrorists or radicalisation of youths.
He said the country will not tolerate any group causing insecurity in the country.
While launching a 100-day security Rapid Results Initiative on Friday, the President made it clear his government was committed to developing the entire country, saying people should focus on this instead of sideshows.
“No and under no circumstance, will we allow places of worship, whether in a temple, church or mosque to be used as a place to radicalise and to threaten the lives of Kenyans; that will not happen,” he stressed.
“We are a tolerant society; we are a God fearing country that respects each other’s religions. Kenya is a nation that tolerates and we have freedom to worship.”
He called on all leaders and members of the public to help reduce crime in the country.
“If there is a problem, let’s come and talk, we are all trying to fight poverty-a national problem. This programme will help s maintain security countrywide, with se security the country will be safe,” he stated.
Kenyatta warned police officers from engaging in corruption saying stern action will be taken against those found culpable.
The President said he was aware that senior officers demand a share of the ‘loot’ from their juniors, making graft rampant.
He warned that soon Kenyans will witness action taken to those who are corrupt.
“This issue of corruption must stop, ‘na watu wajipange’ (people must stay alert)… they will see something very soon. We must deliver,” he said.
On the security programme, the President expressed optimism saying security will be boosted.
“I will personally be monitoring incidences of crime as I have been, during the times of this initiative… I expect to witness significant and verifiable reduction of crime,” he said.
The Head of State also said that his government will improve the welfare of police officers, among them better housing and an insurance scheme.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku assured investors that Kenya was a safe country to invest in, saying they should not to fall prey to the wrong impression that the country is unsafe for investment.
Lenku said with this initiative, the country’s security situation was set to improve further.
“Infrastructure, security, technology and in the human resource… we are the best in the region. I call upon investors to treat Kenya as the safest hub to invest in the region.”
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero said he was going to work with the National Government to ensure city residents are safe and investor were not scared away.
He said he already has plans to install 5,000 CCTV cameras in a period of four years.