There is need to raise security education to enhance citizen participation in security matters.
The Chairman National Committee on Citizen Participation in Security Joseph Kaguthi says the public should be enlightened and mobilized to scale up their efforts to contributing to the national security through the Nyumba Kumi initiative.
“My appeal is that Kenyans be helped to raise their level of security education. Interconnectivity of security ecosystem, promotion of nationhood through patriotism and sharper understanding of the duties and responsibilities” said Kaguthi.
While emphasizing that every person must be vigilant at their individual spaces Kaguthi said “Collectively citizen will have take over the charge of security in the country”.
He further urged the Ministry of Interior to urgently address concerns raised by Nyumba Kumi officials on non-payment for their contribution to the security in the country.
Kaguthi who was briefing journalists on the state of Nyumba Kumi initiative crusade and public mobilization in 18 sub counties, said Nyumba Kumi officials feel discriminated against, citing the cash transfer for the elderly by the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, and urged the interior ministry to incorporate them.
He hailed the existing 387,000 clusters countrywide for their pro-active approach on security matters. The committee has however recommended the splitting of large clusters and bringing on board uncovered areas.
Kaguthi further said that majority of Kenyans abhor corruption, a vice which has increased the cost of accessing government services.
He cited research findings that show that 83.7 per cent of corruption in Kenya is manifested in bribery, adding that the public has turned to social media to expose such vices.
The statement is based on findings by the committee after visiting all sub counties in Nairobi and one Sub County in Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu, Murang’a, Kirinyaga and Nakuru Counties.
The Committee on Implementation of Citizen Participation in Security in Kenya, formed in 2013 is charged with raising security education by forming clusters of households known as Nyumba Kumi which have helped reduce crime under the mantra: “See-say, Hear-say, Suspect-say”.
Since its launch, security committees have adopted a multi-agency approach breaking silos that have previously existed through increases team work within Government agencies
But the initiative hasn’t been without its challenges.
Delayed discharge of justice is however hampering efforts made by Nyumba Kumi members to fight insecurity with law enforcers.