(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s
officials have blamed the current wave of insecurity is being
partly fueled by the presence of refugees in the country.
Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku told journalists in Nairobi
that the country has witnessed an upsurge of criminal activities
emanating from refugees.
are therefore sending a clear signal to all those who continue
to abuse our hospitality that the law will eventually catch up
with them,” Ole Lenku said during a media briefing on the
progress achieved by the government in the past one year.
announcement comes at a time that Kenya has been rocked by a
series of terrorist attacks including a church and small
restaurants incidents in Mombasa and Nairobi where gunmen killed
at least 12 people and injured about 50 others.
have rounded up suspects who are providing critical
information to the government,” he said. Lenku said the
designated refugee settlements will be continuously
said that the government will eradicate terrorist activities in
the country through a joint effort by all security agencies.
added that security patrols in major settlements within the
country and along border points will receive a boost once 7000
officers set to graduate on Friday join the soldiers.
he noted that the ability of police to respond to crime has
been hampered by lack of mobility. “We have therefore
rollout 1, 200 police patrol cars,” he said.
also plans to revamp the police air-wing unit. “One of our
priorities for the 2014/2015 financial year is ensure that the
police are fully equipped to combat crime,” Lenku said.
government official also noted that the proposed County Policing
Authorities will provide citizens with a platform to raise
year, Kenya inaugurated a community policing initiative dubbed
Nyumba Kumi. Lenku said that criminals have taken advantage of
laxity in the Immigration department to acquire passport and
other national identity documents.
can conform that a major clean up in department has taken
place and will not allow people who don’t meet our criteria
to own national identification cards,” he said.
is also fast tracking the development of a national database
that will encompass e-passport, e-border, e-visa as well as the
third generation identification cards.
aim to generate machine readable documents that will allow
security agents to scrutinize the identity of all persons,”
the secretary said.