NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has launched a
new strategy to help in the fighting against extremism and
terrorism in the East African nation.
Kenyatta said the
National Strategy to Counter Violent Extremism articulates
Kenya’s efforts to prevent terrorism and violent extremism.
"This has resulted in a sharp increase in operational tempo,
coordination and equipment aimed at detecting, deterring and
disrupting the activities of terrorists," he said during the
launch of the strategy in Nairobi.
The strategy, which will be implemented by the Ministry of
Interior and Coordination of National Government, will rally all
sections of government, communities, civil society, the private
sector and international partners in the war against terror.
Kenyatta said the launch of the strategy comes on the back of
increased investments by the government in technology, skills
and innovative approaches to countering terrorism.
He said the new strategy will add prevention and counter
radicalization to the more traditional security approaches to
fight the vice.
He said rehabilitation of foreign terrorist fighters who
completely disavow the use of violence and adherence to the
ideology and aims of terrorist groups is one of the crucial
tasks being addressed by the new strategy.
Kenyatta also appointed Ambassador Martin Kimani, who heads
the National Counter Terrorism Centre, as Special Envoy for
Countering Violent Extremism.
The National Counter Terrorism Centre is the focal point and
coordination centre for the anti-terror strategy.
Kenyatta urged all Kenyans to work together to deny violent
extremists the room to radicalize their compatriots.
"Together, in coordinated fashion, we must as a people drain
the swamp of violent extremism and deny it room to radicalize
Kenyans," said the President when he launched the report during
a live media briefing.
President Kenyatta said he was confident that the new
strategy was a critical step in protecting and advancing liberty
and prosperity of Kenyans.
"Its lessons will be visible to all, and I look forward to
their being shared with the region and the world as we look to
build a just and peaceful international order," he said.