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Friday, April 25, 2014

Anti-terror operation will go on, President Kenyatta says

Anti-terror operation will go on, President Kenyatta says

President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured Kenyans that the government will not back down in the ongoing fight against terror and other forms of crime in the country.

Speaking at the General Service Training School in Embakasi on Thursday during the pass-out parade for 1,779 recruits, the President said for the country to attract investors and other visitors, peace and stability were of paramount importance.
“We are committed to the fight against crime whatever form it may take, ranging from terrorism to cattle rustling,” he said.
Even as he asked the police to increase their resolve to combat terror networks, the President told them to treat Kenyans with dignity and “obey the law as they enforce the law”.
President Kenyatta reassured Kenyans that the ongoing war on terror was not targeting any religion or community but criminals who posed a threat to stability and economic development in the country.
The President promised to commit more resources to provide security officers with modern equipment and tools to enable them effectively execute their duties and urged Kenyans to share relevant information with police in the battle against crime.
On illegal weapons, President Kenyatta said that those who voluntarily surrender firearms were covered by the government amnesty.
MOMENT OF SILENCE
The President led Kenyans in observing a moment of silence in remembrance of the two police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty at Pangani Police Station on Wednesday. (READ:Car explodes, killing four in city)
He praised the officers, Francis Murage and Samuel Cheptoo, and many others who have lost their lives in the line of duty for their dedication and commitment. Two officers injured in the Pangani explosion are currently undergoing treatment.
Deputy President William Ruto said the government was developing a robust security policy that would ensure police and other security agencies are equipped with modern technology to match sophisticated terrorist and criminal networks.
The Deputy President expressed optimism on the security situation in the country, saying: “There are clear signs that the security challenges faced in the country will be overcome.”
Interior and National Coordination Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku said the ongoing security operation only targets criminals, aliens without proper documentation and terrorists.
Source: Daily Nation

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