NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 13 – Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery on Tuesday held a meeting with County Commissioners to discuss security challenges facing the country.
He directed the 47 County Commissioners come up with tough measures in their region to dismantle corruption cartels.
He pointed out that corruption was widely to blame for the numerous insecurity cases among a cocktail of shortcomings, which he hopes to address through proper legal and administrative actions.
“We must stop corruption,” he said, warning that he will only work with those who shall “help him in the war as I have a clean record myself. You should tell them that we have a new sheriff in town.”
The minister did not have kind words for those who gives bribes to the police.
“You are the ones who are corrupt. Police are not since you are the one who give them money; we shall arrest you and take you to the court,” he warned.
“We shall fight corruption practices even those at the ‘ATM’… the road blocks.”
The meeting at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre was also attended by Regional Coordinators who play an integral part in the country’s security.
Nkaissery used the meeting to familiarise himself with the county officials after pledging to work closely with them in restoring Kenya’s security.
Among the issues discussed include formation of a clear command structure in the security sector, disarmament and documentation of illegally held small arms and cattle rustling.
Lack of a proper command structure among security personnel has also been indicated by various security reports among them that of Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) as a major setback in countering insecurity.
Nkaissery however says the government has up to August this year to restructure and initiate legislative procedures that will guide the role the county governments can play in the security sector.
Currently, security committees at the county levels are led by County Commissioners who are the direct representatives of the President.
Those who commit traffic offences, he said he will propose to his Transport Ministry counterpart, “that if you commit a traffic offence in Mombasa your case be heard in Kisumu… so that Kenyans can become people of discipline.”
Nkaissery on January 7 also outlined an eight-point plan for dealing with the insecurity issues plaguing the North Rift and Upper Eastern regions of the country.
First on his agenda for the region, was the problem of cattle rustling which he said would become a “thing of the past” under his leadership.