Kindiki Issues Warning to Terrorist Elements Amid Rising Attacks
The Kenyan government, under the auspices of Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki, has reiterated its unwavering commitment to combating violent extremism. Speaking at the inauguration of Kotulo Sub-County, in Wajir’s Tarbaj Constituency, Kindiki underscored the urgency of addressing terrorism as a national security matter. He further affirmed the government’s intention to restore order in the North Eastern and Coastal regions, replicating the success of suppressing banditry in the North Rift.
This renewed commitment comes in the wake of a recent incident where an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) tragically claimed the lives of four civilians in Elwak, Mandera County. Determined to safeguard citizens and their properties, the government has announced plans to invest in modern equipment, aiming to bolster defenses against armed criminals and navigate complex security challenges. Furthermore, Kindiki called on parents and guardians to be vigilant and dissuade their children from joining terror groups.
No Room for Extrajudicial Killings
Addressing concerns about past incidents of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, Kindiki assured that the current administration, under President William Ruto, would not tolerate such human rights abuses. He commended the security officers combating insecurity in the North Eastern Region and other parts of the country, emphasizing the need for increased cooperation between security agencies and citizens to effectively counter terrorism.
During his visit, Kindiki also launched the Sub-County Headquarters and appointed Farah Hassan Mohamed as the first Deputy County Commissioner of the newly operationalized Sub-County, Kotulo, created in March 2022. Spanning approximately 6,594 square kilometers, Kotulo is home to 28,167 people, according to the 2019 National Housing and Population Census. The event was graced by Tarbaj MP Hussein Abdi Barre, MCAs, National and County Governments officials, along with community and religious leaders.
In conclusion, the Kenyan government’s renewed pledge to combat violent extremism represents a significant step towards ensuring the safety and security of its citizens. By investing in modern equipment, promoting inter-agency cooperation, and advocating for citizen vigilance, the government is demonstrating a proactive approach to countering terrorism. However, the success of these measures will largely hinge on their effective implementation and the continued commitment of all stakeholders to uphold peace and security.
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