MP wants KDF deployed in hotspot areas

Kieni Member of Parliament intends to file a motion in parliament that will compel the government to deploy the country’s defence forces in all the areas experiencing armed criminal activities.

Kanini Kega said that it was necessary to include the Kenya Defence Forces in combating armed criminal groups that are terrorizing Kenyans in various parts of the country.

Speaking in his constituency on Saturday, the MP said he would file notice of the motion to the assembly clerk this coming Tuesday and expressed confidence that once tabled on the floor of the house, the motion would sail through without opposition.

“It is the view of many leaders that insecurity in the country could spiral out of hand and that’s why we feel it’s necessary to employ new tactics to contain the situation especially in all hotspots experiencing high level armed criminal acts.” Kega said.

The legislator noted that apart from Lamu County that has experienced increased cases of deadly attacks, other parts of the country such as Wajir, Mandera, Baringo and Pokot had also experienced cases of the armed attacks.

He observed that since the attackers seemed to have been well trained, armed and organized, it was necessary to include the KDF in combating them as a way of complimenting police efforts.

At the same time the M.P called on fellow politicians to tone down their utterances in order not to incite Kenyans against each other.

Kega further said that he supported the night travel ban and curfew imposed within Lamu saying that it was necessary in containing the volatile situation.

“We expect the government will lift the curfew and night travel ban once the situation improves in order not to hurt the economy of the region.” The MP said.

At the same time Kega urged the opposition to desist from calling for the withdrawal of KDF from Somalia noting that it was demoralizing to our soldiers who respected internationally for their courageous peacekeeping efforts in many countries in the world.