Kenyatta Warns Security Chiefs Against Laxity

The President who was speaking for the first time after the Mandera killings said security officers would be held responsible for their inability to fight crime.

Speaking this morning in Nairobi, the President said the role of maintaining security goes beyond security agencies.

Kenyatta said it was upon all Kenyans to help the government fight insecurity.

"It is upon all of us to play our part in ensuring the country’s security" the president said.

He emphasized that as the government allocates more resources for security, Kenyans need to be more vigilant and report criminals.

The President who was accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta was speaking at the University of Nairobi graduation square where he launched 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence.

The President also took issue with religious leaders who he said shout the loudest when police search their places of worship yet allow weapons and other criminal activities to be conducted in those holy places.

He urged religious leaders to be at the forefront in preaching against radicalization and expose those among their faithful who engage in criminal activities instead of offering them hiding places.

The head of state also decried the recent cases where women were stripped naked in the public while the public watched without taking any action against the perpetrators.

He said that it was the height of irresponsibility on the part of the spectators.

He appealed to all Kenyans to fight gender based violence, saying the constitution grants all citizens equal rights.


By Anne Muchiri

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