The US government has promised to support security operations in Kenya especially along the border areas.
Speaking to the press after a courtesy call to the Busia Governor, Sospeter Ojaamong on Tuesday, the US Ambassador to Kenya, Kyle Mcarter said that security along the border was very crucial to the country.
“Providing security to Kenyans should be the first priority, he said, adding that the US government will work closely with Kenya on programmes touching on border security.
Mcarter stated that both the US and Kenya will intensify efforts to address terrorist attacks by the Al-Shabaab militants, fully aware of the severity of terrorist attacks.
“We are not quitting, we are fully engaged and we believe that apart from working with KDF, we will also be working with communities against violent extremism,” he said.
He urged the local communities to report cases of threats by terrorists with a view to stepping up the fight against violence extremism.
“They should not fear the police but should share any vital information without fear,” he said, adding that the police are there to protect the citizens.
At the same time, Mcarter promised to bring investors from the US to the counties, noting that the country should not be solely dependent on foreign aid.
“Kenya should be self-reliant because it has the resources and ability to grow food in the available land parcels,” he said.
He also urged the national government to prioritize improvement of the main road from Korinda junction to the Busia Customs Facilitation Centre.
On his part, the governor said that his government will work closely with the national government in the war against corruption.
Ojaamong hailed the US government for supporting the county in the heath, water and road sectors.
Busia becomes the 35th county to be visited by the Ambassador who is in full support of devolution.
By Salome Alwanda