Lawyers blame Kenyaâ€™s insecurity to laziness
A regional lawyersâ€™ body has decried failure to implement intelligence reports towards combating rising insecurity in Kenya.
The East Africa Law Society (EALS) President James Aggrey Mwamu said there seems to be a deliberate failure not to act on reports by the National Intelligence Service (NIS).
â€œSnubbing of intelligence reports deliberately or for political reasons must be decried as human lives must come first,â€ Mwamu said in a letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The letter is also addressed to Deputy President Mr. William Ruto, Attorney General Prof. Githu Muigai and Interior Cabinet Secretary Mr. Joseph Ole Lenku.
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Mr. Mwamu said that the Government must deal with laziness among its ranks and a careless attitude that does not take lives of citizens seriously.
â€œWe must remind the Government that it is its constitutional responsibility to ensure security of its citizens,â€ Mr. Mwamu said.
The EALS President said that there is need for national unity and cohesion in the face of terrorism.
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â€œTerrorism will only be combated by a unified Kenya, irrespective of political, economic and other social distinction,â€ Mr. Mwamu said.
He singled out the recent massacre in Mpeketoni that left over 50 dead, blasts in Gikomba market, a matatu along Thika road, Mwembe Tayari bus terminus and Coral Reef Hotel in Mombasa.
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Mr. Mwamu called on the Government of Kenya to call on its East Africa Community (EAC) partners to complement its anti â€“terrorism efforts.
â€œConsequences of terrorism are not limited to Kenya but the entire East African region as both Nairobi and Mombasa are regional business and transport hubs,â€ Mr. Mwamu said.
The EALS President regretted that terrorism will inevitably increase the cost of doing business in East Africa and dim its appeal as an investment destination.
â€œTerror attacks will reverse positive gains that the EAC integration process has so painstakingly attained so far,â€ Mr. Mwamu said.
The EALS President said that the face and tact of terrorism is changing and urged security forces in Kenya to keep vigil.
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â€œTerrorists have now resorted to smaller groups armed with assault rifles and small arms who stage lightning attacks on unarmed and unsuspecting citizens,â€ Mr. Mwamu said.
Mr. Mwamu regretted increased allegations of rackets involving issuance of false Kenyan National Identity Cards, which further compounds the fight against terrorism.
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