Security tight around Parliament ahead of budget statement

June 11, 2015 9:32 am
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Police have mounted barriers along Parliament Road from either side and only vehicles carrying dignitaries are being allowed to access the route.
Police have mounted barriers along Parliament Road from either side and only vehicles carrying dignitaries are being allowed to access the route.

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 11- Security has been beefed up around Parliament buildings ahead of Thursday afternoon’s Sh2.1 trillion budget presentation by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich.

Uniformed and plainclothes security officers have been strategically positioned to ensure everything goes as planned.

Police have also mounted barriers along Parliament Road from either side and only vehicles carrying dignitaries are being allowed to access the route.

“More police officers are expected to be deployed later on,” one of the officers told Capital FM News.

The security sector is expected to receive a massive share of funding in Thursday’s budget due to the numerous security challenges the country is facing.

Terrorism and radicalization of youths in the country remains a major challenge in the country.

Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab militia from the war torn Somalia continue to pose a major security threat in the country but the government has vowed to ensure all loopholes have been sealed to minimize attacks.

The Government has launched a major onslaught programme to curb the menace which includes developing of an appealing counter-narrative targeting the youths who are gradually being lured into joining Al-Shabaab.

Among major projects, listed in 2014-2015 budget on security and have been implemented include the Sh15 billion National Security Surveillance, Communication and Control System being rolled out by Safaricom covering all major cities in the country.

The first phase of the project has since been handed to security agencies.

Some 10,000 recruits have also joined the police service while more vehicles have been leased to improve the mobility of police officers.

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