NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will rely heavily on modern technologies to
boost the capacity of security personnel to detect and thwart
emerging threats like cyber-crime, terrorism and influx of
contraband goods, a senior official said on Monday.
Fred Matiang’i, the
Cabinet Secretary for Interior said that modernization of
security services through adoption of information and
communication technology (ICT) coupled with improved working
condition for police is on the cards to boost action on crime.
government has invested heavily in security infrastructure and
the requisite human resources to enable our police respond
effectively to peace and security challenges in the country,”
“Towards this end,
we have provided modern equipment to counter terrorism threats,
deployed ICT to clean and safeguard our national data for
identification and immigration documentation as well,” he added.
The CS spoke in
Nairobi during a national security forum attended by police
commanders and regional administrators to evaluate the scope of
threats to law and order in the country.
He said that
improved security is key to realization of President Uhuru
Kenyatta’s development blueprint dubbed the Big Four Agenda for
growth and transformation.
Kenya has lately
grappled myriad threats to national security that include cattle
rustling, terrorist attacks along the border with Somalia,
cyber-crime, influx of contraband goods and school riots.
Matiang’i said that
adequately resourced security officers have been deployed across
the country to combat emerging security threats like blockade of
tankers ferrying crude oil from Turkana to the refinery in the
port city of Mombasa.
coordination of our security agencies has been prioritized to
enhance their capacity to respond to threats linked to resource
sharing or incitement from political actors,” said Matiang’i.
He noted that
investments in surgical intelligence gathering are key to thwart
grave security threats like armed robberies, terrorism,
kidnappings and human trafficking.