, NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 4 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has urged the national government to engage the county government through formalized and consultative forums that will see both governments share security briefs regularly and consistently.
Kidero says security should be a shared function by both levels of government so as to safeguard the country to avoid scenarios witnessed in various parts of the country—including Garissa where 148 people were executed by Al Shabaab militants on Thursday.
“It will take our collective effort if we are to find a lasting solution and that is why I strongly recommend that security of this nation be a shared function by both levels of Government the first level of protection of our citizens is at the county Level,” he said.
In a statement, the governor said there was need for security to be made the primary responsibility of county governments, adding that the solution to restoring and guaranteeing security in the country lies at the county level.
“We cannot continue to lose our people to senseless killings and my heart goes out to our brothers and sisters, both those who lost their lives and those who lost loved ones in the attack,” he said.
He said that his administration is ready and willing to provide both administrative and resource support where needed to enhance the stability of the nation.
“I extend my deepest condolences to the families and relatives of those who lost their lives. This is not an act of just killing but a clear attempt to compromise and attack our sovereignty as a nation,” he added.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has already declared three days of national mourning from Sunday, in honour of the 142 students, three police officers and three military officers killed by Al Shabaab attackers.