Thursday, June 19, 2014

Kenya: Governors want special summit to discuss insecurity

6:36:00 AM - By Hisia 0

The Council of Governors wants President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto to convene an urgent special summit to discuss insecurity.

Council of Governors chairman Isaac Ruto
Council of Governors chairman Isaac Ruto

Council of Governors chairman Isaac RutoCouncil of Governors chairman Isaac Ruto
Governors also want the County Policing Authority regulations fast-tracked to help curb insecurity and other criminal activities in the counties.

Although the governors blamed the Mpeketoni attacks on social issues, they put the Government on notice that such acts should not happen in the near future.

“The County Policing Authority should be part of the security architecture of the county and be provided with the necessary support to execute its mandate,” said Council of Governors Chair Isaac Ruto.

Frequent consultation

He said there should be a structured and frequent consultation between the national and county governments on security matters, including prevention of crime and violence.

Addressing Press at CoG offices, Mr Ruto urged the Government to move with speed and gazette the County Policing Authority regulations for county security committees to have a framework of engagement to strengthen security structures.

Flanked by his Deputy and Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya and his Nairobi counterpart Evans Kidero, Ruto cautioned that insecurity and the current heightened political tension was adversely affecting the economy.

Ruto accused Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku and the Government for linking the Mpeketoni attacks to CORD’s political rallies, warning that such statement could cause more havoc and disintegrate communities living together.

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