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Action plan of countering violent extremism

The  Homa Bay County Commissioner (CC), Macharia Irungu has called on the youths and bodaboda operators to take an active  role in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

He said unemployed youths and bodaboda operators were vulnerable to being recruited into extremist groups and should therefore be incorporated in the efforts to fight such activities.

Irungu  made  the remarks on Wednesday in a Homa Bay hotel during a conference to come up with action plan against  violent  extremism  organized by National Counter Terrorism Center in collaboration with the national and the County government of Homa Bay.

He  called on the media, civil society and religious groups tocollaborate closely with the government in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

The  Homa Bay  County Deputy Governor, Hamilton  Orata  said security was paramount for the realization of the country’s  big  four agenda, observing  that the youths had an important contribution to make in the development of the action plan against extremism.

Orata  called  for  the reinforcement  of  the Nyumba Kumi initiative  to counter all forms of insecurity including violent extremism and terrorism. He also urged the parents to closely monitor their children so as to curb cases of youths being recruited to extremist groups.

The  Kabondo  Kasipul constituency legislator, Eve  Obara  lauded the move to come up with an action plan to counter  violent  extremism for the County, noting  that it was regrettable that innocent Kenyans lost lives in terrorist attacks  such as the Westgate and Dusit.

The MP said that the boda-boda operators should be roped in fighting insecurity because they can easily identify strangers.

She  urged security agencies to come up with an appropriate strategy of protecting whistle blowers and witnesses.

By  Davis Langat/ Anne Onyango

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