Security Sector Board decries insecurity in Laikipia County

The Security Sector Board held a meeting this week on Tuesday, 25th April 2017 at KEPSA offices. During the meeting members expressed their concerns with the escalating cases of insecurity in Laikipia, Baringo and West Pokot counties. They noted that though drought and famine has been cited as the reason behind invasion of private ranches, they could not rule out political interference and incitement. They pointed out the need for the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government to put more effort and deploy more security officers to contain the situation.

During the meeting the Sector Board was grateful to the government for fast tracking the National Coroners Bill leading to its enactment last week by the National Assembly.

The Sector Board noted that Private security guards are the first to respond to distress security calls when they arise. They therefore agreed to work with security providers to train security guards on how to respond to such situations.

In regard to the development of Private Security Regulation Act, the sector board formed a subcommittee that will develop the draft Regulations and share them with the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government for consideration.  It was noted that various associations and companies have engaged the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) in order to plan for the training of their staff.

The Sector Board agreed to seek a Ministerial Stakeholder Forum with the Ministry concerned to address security issues raised in the sector board.