National SECURITY KE!
By Captain Collins Wanderi
The greatest threat to our National Security is no longer Al Shabaab or even MRC. It is corruption and organization culture in our twin Police Services. But how did we get to where we are?
If you pay peanuts to people with guns bought by the Government and issued to them by the same Government; in the name of the State, then you give such people a rationale; a motive & reason to abuse raw power. To harass, intimidate and extort from those who do not have guns.
You also give them an opportunity to cooperate and work with the underworld; organized criminal gangs; terrorists and drug peddlers, bootleggers and gun runners. That is the stark reality of our internal security forces at the moment.
We can engage in wishful thinking, create as many commissions & bodies as possible to fight corruption but unless and until we address the bread and butter issues for the men and women who go on the beat and lay their lives on the line to keep the majority safe, we are doing naught.
Kenya will continue to be unsafe and this has a direct impact on investment and business, creating a vicious cycle.
By the way, somebody should boldly tell the Commander-in-Chief Uhuru Kenyatta that it is not possible to lie on a bed with bedbugs and expect to have a peaceful night’s sleep. This is advice from the son of peasant wood sawyer and he is free to ignore it.
NB: Tomorrow I will tell you something about cyber crime/computer fraud and how & why so many people in social media are losing money to amateurish tricksters. And of course how to avoid it!