, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 11 – Interior Cabinet Secretary nominee Joseph Nkaissery says any clause that infringes on human rights in the proposed Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014 should be expunged.
He however says the Bill should be debated soberly in a bid to adapt laws that will help address the deteriorating security situation in the country.
Nkaissery took the position on Thursday when he appeared before the National Assembly Committee on Appointments where he was tasked to explain how he intends to restore security in the country.
“At this moment, we are faced with a unique security challenge which is as a result of a disconnected administrative and institutional framework,” he stated.
“My immediate plan will be to look into that and bring all institutions which concern security together.”
The retired Major General spoke firmly on security issues saying his first priority will be dealing with insecurity and eliminating corruption which have contributed to the current situation.
Other challenges include restoring lost public confidence and revamping a lowly motivated police service.
He urged politicians to cease politicizing security issues saying all should unite with the government in a bid to secure the country.
“What is important is that people who are given responsibilities must deliver…if you don’t deliver you have no business being there. We have to face this with courage,” he stated.
He warned he shall not entertain incompetence, “while in the process of securing the country and its people.”
Though under the defence docket, he said claims of Kenya Defence Forces engaging in corrupt activities in Somalia should be investigated and those found culpable brought to book.
“If our soldiers are trading in charcoal, it is a crime and the commanders who are allowing this to happen should actually be prosecuted,” he stated.
He however cautioned that this could be international propaganda, “being spread by people who do not want the soldiers there.”
The Kajiado Central legislator if approved will be faced with a huge task of restoring security in the country and its lost public trust.
Hundreds of Kenyans have been killed across the country with the latest attack being in Mandera County, where 36 Kenyans were massacred by Al-Shabaab militias.
Lamu County has also been hit by a series of attacks and still remains under 6am to 6pm curfew.
Police officers have also not been spared with the National Police Service loosing 20 officers in Kapedo, Baringo County which was committed by cattle rustlers.