By KBC Reporter/KNA
The Chairman of the Committee for the Implementation of Citizen Participation in Security (CPS) Joseph Kaguthi has challenged the government to resume funding for the State broadcaster, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) if the country is to achieve its national values.
Kaguthi argues that the government cannot achieve its agenda of championing patriotism and national security by depending largely on privately owned media whose main agenda is to make profit.
He said the KBC and Kenya News Agency (KNA) are tasked with the major responsibility of ensuring citizen participation in the national agenda key among them the Nyumba Kumi, a community based policing initiative that champions citizen involvement in security matters.
He says the country is fighting vices such as radicalization, corruption, diseases among other important issues and the government cannot depend on profit-driven commercial media to effectively set the public agenda to influence desired political, economic and social change.
Kaguthi was speaking Friday after closing a three day training workshop for KBC and KNA editors at the Kenya Wildlife services (KWS) institute in Naivasha, where he equally challenged the media to exercise caution while reporting on terrorism.
Meanwhile, the Nyumba 10 security initiative intends to leverage on the social media platform to create security awareness and reach the vast majority in the country.
The initiative`s chairman Kaguthi says the committee is reaching out to focal groups in the country through deliberate training programs on responsible and sustained use of social media as means of conveying security information to almost every household.
Kaguthi said if adopted, the users of the security management ICT facility who report crime will remain anonymous.
According to Kaguthi the use of technology will also assist in harnessing data for radicalized individuals seeking rehabilitation for enrollment in to comprehensive government reform programs that will help them reintegrated in to society and lead patriotic lives again.
The Nyumba Kumi initiative has for the last one month trained 150 journalists, 500 chiefs, thousands of citizens on sustainable models of participatory management of security in the country.