NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 19 – Interior and Coordination of National Government Cabinet Secretary-designate Joseph Nkaiserry has appealed for unity among legislators in tackling insecurity.
He said this as he spent his last day in the Eleventh Parliament in readiness to take up his seat in the Cabinet.
Nkaiserry promised to deal decisively with insecurity after his nomination was approved by the National Assembly amid acrimonious debate on the Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014.
“As our nation tries to grapple with many threats such as the Al Shabaab and cattle rustling, it is important for this August House to bear in mind that there cannot be easier solutions to this problem; there cannot be quick fixes. However the August House has the capacity to bring legislation like what they brought that will give security organs clear mandate in dealing with these crimes.”
“As I relinquish my cherished position as the Kajiado Central MP, I want to urge you Honourable Members to support me and be patriotic in defending our motherland. I want to believe that we can solve this insecurity problem together, this I ask of you today,” he told a news conference in the company of Jubilee Coalition MPs Moses ole Sakuda, Kimani Ichung’wah, and Kanini Keega among others.
Nkaiserry belongs to the Opposition Orange Democratic Movement party.
President Uhuru Kenyatta nominated Nkaissery for the position to replace Joseph ole Lenku in the sensitive docket.
Nkaiserry said dealing with corruption in government will be one his key priorities as well as increasing funding for the security agencies such as the NIS and other departments under the National Police Service.
The retired Major-General who has been the Kajiado Central legislator for the last 12 years applauded the passage of the controversial Security Laws (Amendment) Bill saying it is a well meaning law.
“Let me be very frank, I said I trust that Parliament will make good laws for our country; Good laws for our country is actually the operating word, so if what was passed today is a good law for our country then I support it,” he said.
The Committee on Appointments which vetted the Kajiado Central MP cleared him for appointment saying he had demonstrated impressive knowledge on matters of security and declared him suitable for the position.
During his vetting, the nominee said he supported deletion of clauses in the Security Laws Bill that infringe on human rights.
He said the law provides for security of tenure for the chiefs of intelligence and police and that he supports amendments to give the president powers to hire and fire them.