The KEPSA Security Sector Committee held a meeting on 11th June 2015 at KEPSA offices. The meeting welcomed the new chair of the sector and to discuss the agenda issues for the upcoming engagement forums.
In his remarks, the Outgoing Sector Board Chair Mr. Sam Matano thanked the members for the support in his four year tenure as the chair. The sacrifice and commitment by members has made the sector to be where it is today. He called upon the members to organise themselves and articulate their issues so that the private sector through the various engagements can benefit. He congratulated Mr. Sewe in his new appointment as the Chair and requested the members to support him to the end.
Mr. Silvanus Sewe, the incoming Chair in his remarks thanked the members for electing him to lead them and noted that the KEPSA Security Sector Committee has come a long way. He also noted that there have been a lot of changes since then. He noted that in matters of national security there is need to strike a balance between provision of national security and assurance of greater access to information especially one concerning the military.
The Chair noted that the vision of the Security Sector Committee is to achieve Agenda two of the KEPSA National Business Agenda (NBA) II which is Upgrading Security; through the security sector reforms and designing a National Security Policy. Members of the Security Sector Committee said that they will create awareness on matters touching on national security as well as work with national security organs to ensure peace and stability in our country.
Members also noted the need to embark on security sector reforms that will acknowledge all stakeholders in the criminal justice system and the society in general. All projects that have not been completed shall be carried out simultaneously during this time. Every member shall be required to champion at least one task to the conclusion and every member shall link person to at least one engagement agency. The committee also promised to develop an evaluation tool that will be able to measure the progress of the entire committee at agreed intervals.
Olga Dickmann from the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya extended an invitation for members to attend the Conference on Civil Security Technologies and Services scheduled for 16th June 2015 at Southern Sun Mayfair, Nairobi.
In conclusion, members agreed that as a committee there is need to put more effort in security issues and not to get intimidated. It was also said that good security is the reason why businesses thrive and hence the need to seek dialogue with the Ministry and the agencies concerned.
The meeting was attended by the KEPSA Sector members led by the Chair Mr. Silvanus Sewe.