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Vacuum in Kenya’s National Security Should be Filled Immediately – KRA

June 10, 2012

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Mr. Martin Ngatia: Kenya should mourn but at the same time fill the vacuum in the country’s security docket

The Kenya Red Alliance (KRA) sends deep condolences to the families of the late honourable Professor George Saitoti, his Assistant, Hon Orwa Ojode and all those who perished following the untimely demise of the two top Security Officers in a helicopter crash in the Republic of Kenya.

KRA is very concerned that more than 12 hours after their deaths, the Security Docket of the Republic of Kenya is still unmanned. The situation is very serious because Kenya is currently at war with Somalia while the internal security situation in the country is very unstable.  Crime in the country is on the increase while political instability in the face of impending trials of the four ICC suspects is a constant threat which persistently continues to hover over the Republic. Elections are around the corner with unforeseen security implications. It is therefore unacceptable that the country’s Security docket can remain unmanned for a prolonged period of time.

Under the circumstances, the Kenya Red Alliance (KRA) demands that  both Prime Minister Raila Odinga and President Mwai Kibaki collaborate in the appointment of an interim Internal Security Officer to man this important docket as investigations into the helicopter crash continues.

In as much as Kenya needs to mourn the fallen rulers, it is paramount that the Republic’s internal security is not compromised following the twin deaths of the top Security officers in the country.

The view of KRA is that the appointment of a new Minister to head the Internal Security docket should be done as soon as possible, given the current security threats facing the country. A few weeks ago, a bomb exploded in Nairobi’s Central Business District while in the Coast province, the secessionist Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) remains a constant threat to the government.

The view of KRA is that the fragile Coalition government should not sit idly and remain vulnerable to enemies of the State who may be plotting sabotage by exploiting the vacuum which has been created by the tragic deaths of Officers manning the Internal Security docket in the country.

In the interest of the country’s National Security, the Kenya Red Alliance (KRA) calls upon both PM Raila Odinga and President Mwai Kibaki to call a crisis meeting to discuss the issue of Kenya’s internal security with a view to filling the vacuum which has been created by the sudden deaths of the country’s top-most Security Officers.

It would be a big mistake if Kenya’s Internal Security operations remain uncoordinated due to the deaths of both Saitoti and Ojode. The view of KRA is that as the country continues to mourn, it is of paramount importance that the country’s security is not left vulnarable. It is for this reason that the KRA calls upon the two principles to act immediately to address this very urgent issue. Needless to say, the country’s security must not be compromised due to the mourning mood that Kenya has suddenly been plunged in.

KRA hopes that both PM Odinga and President Mwai Kibaki will understand the urgent necessity of this demand and act accordingly before it is too late. Our country’s security should be number one on the national agenda regardless of the current situation.

Martin Ngatia
Chairperson
Kenya Red Alliance (KRA)

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