Lawyers blame Kenya’s insecurity to laziness

NAIROBI, KENYA: A regional lawyers’ 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).

“Snubbing of intelligence reports deliberately or for political reasons must be decried as human lives must come first,” 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.

“We must remind the Government that it is its constitutional responsibility to ensure security of its citizens,” 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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“Terrorism will only be combated by a unified Kenya, irrespective of political, economic and other social distinction,” 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 –terrorism efforts.

“Consequences of terrorism are not limited to Kenya but the entire East African region as both Nairobi and Mombasa are regional business and transport hubs,” 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.

“Terror attacks will reverse positive gains that the EAC integration process has so painstakingly attained so far,” 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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“Terrorists have now resorted to smaller groups armed with assault rifles and small arms who stage lightning attacks on unarmed and unsuspecting citizens,” 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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