Thursday, April 30, 2009
Civil Societies asks Kenyan Government to be Pro active in the fight against crime
Civil and Non-governmental organizations asks parliament to pressure government for a sustainable proactive national policy to combat mounting insecurity in the country.

The International Center for Policy and Conflict (ICPC) and the civil society Working Group on Transitional Justice supports the demobilization and disarming of militia groups, but suggests enactment of a proactive, holistic and sustainable integrated national security policy.

They urge the Parliament to pressure government to drop political rhetoric on security sector reforms and instead table the draft national security policy before the House for debate, adoption and enactment.

The organizations emphasizes that the national security policy must be paired with an equally robust strategy of sustainable economic and political development, that looks at both short-term to long-term governance and economic goals to foster the security, the uplift of human rights, and peace.

Further they ask for disarmament exercise to adhere to the principles of rule of law and rooting out of the entrenched impunity in issues surrounding militia.

After the formation of the coalition government last year, the two parties made an agreement on the urgent need to disband militia groups under agenda one, but up to date a number of them like the Mungiki do operate.

The group raise concerns of the government overlooking and sidestepping the full implementation of Waki report recommendations on the Security sector reforms.

Similarly, they are calling on the coalition government to set a specific timeline to achieve these reforms as a critical step in restoring public confidence in the security sector, mainly by creating a combined police service that operates under the single command of the Commissioner of Police and is free from executive influences.
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