NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 30 – A lobby group has challenged the government to research more on security initiatives that will easily blend with diverse communities living in Kenya.
The group, Partnership for Peace and Security, argues that initiative like Nyumba Kumi should not be a blanket requirement but should instead serve communities based on their challenges.
The group’s coordinator Lucy Ndung’u however says Government efforts on security were commendable but called for information sharing while reaching some decisions.
“We need to improve on information sharing because if for instance we had an initiative in Eastleigh where residents can share information with the police, then we are be able to have an early warning system,” she stated.
“By sharing information without witch-hunting, then we can be able to tell this what is going about here and how then do we go about securing these places; the dynamics are different.”
“One strategy that works in one area may not work in another.”
She said there was need to also check the role of religion in security.
“Traditionally people have put a blanket hold over some factors that are leading to radicalism,” she said. “We can’t have a one solution fits all.”
Roba Sharamo a representative of United Nations Development Programme called on all Kenyans and specifically the civil society to join the government in fighting crime.
He says security should be a shared responsibility for all.
The East African Community member states have since resolved to implement a common anti-terrorism strategy to combat terror and other transnational crimes.
The decision adopting the Regional Counter Terrorism Strategy was reached at the 12th East African Community Extra-Ordinary Heads of State Summit held in Arusha, Tanzania on Wednesday.
The Summit was attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Presidents Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, First Vice President of Burundi Prosper Bazombaza and Prime Minister of Rwanda Pierre Habumuremyi.
They jointly condemned the terror attacks that have targeted Kenya and promised that the five countries will undertake joint measures to make the region safer.
“The summit calls on security agencies of the member countries to increase the areas of cooperation to fight terrorism, insurgencies and transnational crimes” said the Secretary General of the EAC Richard Sezibera in a communiqué read at the close of the Summit.