NAIROBI, Kenya, May 1-President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned leaders against politicizing security issues and instead focus on complimenting the government efforts in securing the nation.
The president was speaking at Uhuru Park, Nairobi on Friday during Labour Day celebrations where he said security in the country can only be achieved if Kenyans offer support to the security forces through information sharing.
“Let us not always politicize everything,” he warned, and emphasized on the need for all Kenyans to remain vigilant since the menace of terror remains imminent.
“Terrorist and criminals live amongst us; they know no tribe or religion. It is upon each one of us to know who our neighbors are and report those with ill motives. We should not politicize security issues,” the President said.
He pointed out that massive resources will be channeled towards the security sector, in a bid to enhance its capacity in dealing with the security threats facing the nation.
He urged Kenyans to play their part by being vigilant, saying the country can only be safer if citizens work closely with the government in security matters.
“Every Kenyan must remain watchful…we must know those people living around us,” he stated. “Every Kenyan should protect his country.”
Security forces have been on high alert since April 2 when Al Shabaab militants launched an attack at the Garissa University College where they killed 142 students and 6security personnel.
The four terrorists were later killed after a day-long siege that has been blamed on a poorly coordinated response from the police.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has lately admitted that police are to blame for ignoring intelligence information that showed the university was being targeted by terrorists.
As a result, nine senior security personnel were suspended to pave way for an investigation which may lead to the sacking and prosecution of some of them if found culpable.