We must also ask ourselves why at a time we are at war in a foreign nation and facing internal security threats such as that posed by the Mombasa Republican Council and Al Shabaab; we do not as of yet have a substantive Minister for Internal Security and Provincial Administration, and Permanent Secretary.
We do not even have a substantive Head of the Civil Service. Could this indicate just how lopsided our priorities are on national security?
Kenyans must be told where the attackers came from, where they disappear to after the killings, and who they are, and why they seem, inside a free country, to have a chain of command and operate above the law?
Apart from completing the stalled police reforms, which could have partly shaped professional operation of the security units to the extent it too suffered casualties in Tana even before firing a bullet; we must also audit the competence of the top security officers.
That is what a functioning government with a President and Prime minister who care does. The Government after all exists to guarantee the security of our lives, property, and collective freedoms. It is not worth the name when it fails, not once but many times, on this score.
That is where we are today: The Government of President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, with the Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, isn’t worth the name, no matter their assurances and threats.
What Kenyans want to see is action; war on crime from the streets of Nairobi to the enclaves of Mandera, the caves of Mount Elgon, and even the manyattas of Tana. It is that simple yet that hard for there should be no compromises. Kenyans demand no less from you, the Commander-in-Chief, Mr President.