Interior and Coordination of National Government Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i has vowed to implement the President’s directive of ensuring citizens’ security during this festive season to the letter.
The CS made this assurance at Riooga mixed secondary school in Nyamira County while launching a water project and breaking ground for construction of a dormitory.
“The security personnel in this country undertake a very difficult assignment of keeping watch all the time to ensure the country’s citizens and property are safe and secure irrespective of its share of unprecedented prevailing dangers during this season of Christmas’s and New Year celebrations. Matiang’i said.
The CS further assured residents that the security personnel are not taking leave this festive season because they must all keep watch and guard the country, more so the borders explaining that the move is necessitated by insecurity challenges at neighbouring countries, which are root to some of the security challenges Kenya is currently grappling with.
“The Government has particularly mapped out isolated areas with perennial security challenges like Marsabit, North rift and are closely monitoring those areas to ensure no insecurity incident is reported from those areas when Kenyans are having their festivities,” he said.
“We are all stakeholders in the security sector because if a crime incident or crime suspect is not reported to the authorities by the locals, then that locality is intentionally brooding criminals who are scheming to attack and kill, destroy and/or steal our hard-earned property and investments,” Matiang’i said.
“The core responsibility of the security personnel is to provide security to its citizens and their investments and property, expounding government policies to them and engaging them in public barazas to help them understand and support government programmes and projects so that they are implemented without unnecessary interruptions,” the CS said.
He advised residents against engaging in any conflicts as the electioneering period nears, and being swayed by political propaganda to make irrational decisions that can trigger conflicts.
Others present at the launch were, Kitutu Masaba Member of Parliament (MP) Shadrack Mose, Nyamira County women representative Jerusha Momanyi.
Momanyi appreciated the CS’s financial support to the school which was in deplorable condition and by extension allowing the surrounding community to also equally benefit from the water project.
By Deborah Bochere