Governance, social justice key in fight against terrorism
SEE ALSO :Raila: Kenya will change this yearTerror is born in the hearts of sick individuals, but it matures into large scale operations when essential public services are lacking and opportunities for the youth are absent. Several years ago, it would have been unthinkable to outsiders that such a group would so quickly and dramatically rise to power, but for many insiders - the citizens of Syria and Iraq – this was an obvious occurrence that followed their governments’ neglect of all social services. Similarly, there is a reason that Al Shabaab stands for “Youth” in Arabic. It draws frustrated young people into the trap of delusion about social order when the state fails to offer plausible solutions. According to a survey recently released by FinAccess, measuring the access, usage, quality and impact of financial services in Kenya. Six out of ten Kenyans use informal borrowing solutions such as family, friends and chamas (self-help groups). As we have witnessed when poverty and despair brew for too long, they are capitalized by extremists and their fundamentalist delusions become popularised. The Big Four is therefore an ambitious plan to transform our country into a hub of opportunity and move people away from the trajectory that leads to violence. Kenyan society has repeatedly signaled its enthusiasm for the vision by engaging in the pilot phase of the universal health care programme in Isiolo, Machakos, Nyeri and Kisumu counties, and most recently by registering for the voluntary scheme known as “Boma Yangu” for affordable housing.
SEE ALSO :The unseen war - Part 2Now Parliament must get on with it too. All factions must stand together. A handshake and affirmations of unity are good - but they are not enough. For the sake of a secure and prosperous Kenya, parties must end bickering and fast-track necessary measures for the Big Four to succeed. Our people expect that of Parliament. Security, governance and social justice are intrinsically linked. Without either of the three, it is too easy for a country to quickly descend into a state of terror.
SEE ALSO :Parties want new governance order- The writer is former Thika MP
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