We revisit the ongoing violent and deadly conflict in Tana River delta must and say it ought to be halted now rather than later.
The President and the Prime Minister must come out and assure Kenyans that no more life will be lost again because it is their constitutional duty.
Angry Kenyans are asking what is the President’s and the Prime Minister’s position on all these killings?
Kenyans countrywide and in the Diaspora are furious that government apparatus have failed to stop the heinous killings of children, women, men and police officers.
A National Intelligence Service with a budget of Sh13.1 billion, Kenya Police with Sh24b, an Administration Police allocated Sh16.2b, and Kenya Defence Forces with Sh53b budget, all totaling Sh102 billion, no taxpayer should killed like a fly as is the case in Tana River. Why is the security sector in shambles?
The extent of devastation, loss of life, destruction of property and chilling bloodbath can’t be tolerated. Worse still, are reports that police officers have become easy targets of such callous criminal acts as a government of two principals and 42 Cabinet ministers watch helplessly.
Details from the ground speak of a police van with nine officers savagely attacked by the militias and set ablaze. This the single largest police deaths in independent Kenya at one go! Not even terror outfits have managed this scale of carnage.
President Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and their more than three dozen ministers cannot be allowed to sit back and watch criminal gangs ruling sections of the country as they enjoy security detail funded by taxpayers. This is not acceptable.
President Kibaki and PM Raila have portrayed an image of a unified Executive over time devoid of public differences. They must champion unity of all Kenyans.
The duo must unite all Kenyans as we inch towards the March 2013 General Election by the day. They must rally all political support and state machinery to neutralise ethnic animosities.
If the killing fields of Tana River Delta cannot prick the conscience of the nation’s leaders then this country is slowly gravitating towards being a banana republic. Kenyans want assurance that there will be no violence and a peaceful transition in 2013 when Kibaki retires. It must not be business as usual in Tana River delta. The window for reforms in the security sector is closing and must be addressed comprehensively.