NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 27 – The Government will not relent in the war against terrorism, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
He said the Government is working with civil society, the private sector, neighbouring states, and the international community to counter violent extremism and terrorism.
“And I am, indeed, happy that Kenyans from all walks of life have appreciated the precious values that we are all fighting for,” President Kenyatta said.
The President was speaking today at Kenyatta International Convention Centre when he closed the Regional Conference on Countering Violent Extremism.
He said terrorists will never win because all they have done is to remind Kenyans of the fierceness and determination with which they fought for independence, and for the values they espouse in the Constitution.
“Their attacks have uncovered the resolve of a nation that has overcome mighty odds to exist; a people standing in embrace of our diversity; and a profound understanding that our diversity is best protected by democracy,” the President said.
He said the Conference has offered practical recommendations including the need to strengthen communities to ward off extremists, work with security agencies to root out terrorists and prevent radicalization.
Citing effective and inclusive delivery basic services to citizens as basic requirements to starve radicalization of its false claims of communal marginalization, President Kenyatta said his Government has commenced work with local leaders, NGOs and Civil Society Organizations to reverse extremism within the community.
“Equally significant is the development paradigm we have adopted as a country in the form of dedicated resources to focus attention on some of the structural issues that may contribute to vulnerability,” President Kenyatta said.
The President disclosed that the Government is implementing strategic interventions in various regions of the country that have been lagging behind in development.
He pointed out that currently more than 40% of the allocated revenues are going to less than 15 counties that are the most vulnerable ecologically.