President Ruto: The era of lawlessness will come to an end
President William Ruto has said that Kenya’s
security forces will defend the safety and security of Kenyans without using
While addressing the first Mashujaa Day
celebrations under his Administration on Thursday, the President said the era
of lawlessness in many parts of the country, which has denied millions of
Kenyans the opportunity to benefit from the country’s economic development,
will come to an end following reforms being implemented by the Government in
the security sector.
“There are parts of this country where
personal safety and security are precarious, and life expectancy is low. Poverty
and the cost of living are high because markets and supply chains have been
disrupted or threatened by insecurity. The well-being of residents is as
paramount as that of every other citizen of Kenya,” said the President.
“Criminals have held them back, extinguishing
or deferring far too many hopes and dreams as the rest of the country
progresses. It is time for this lawlessness to stop for good. Our government
has undertaken necessary personnel realignments in the security services to
facilitate the rapid achievement of our objectives.”
He said his directives on the financial
autonomy of the National Police Service and reforms in the Directorate of
Criminal Investigation will enable the rapid achievement of national security
He said a professional police service does
not have to use extrajudicial tactics or partisan agenda to fulfil the security
goals of the country.
“We can efficiently and
effectively suppress crime, monitor, disrupt and apprehend criminals
without abducting, torturing, killing or causing citizens to disappear. It is
time to retire these terrible tactics and professionalise our criminal justice
system,” said President Ruto.
The President said his goal to ensure the
police maintain high professional standards and scrupulous adherence to the law
informed his directive for the dissolution of a unit at the DCI that was called
the Special Services Squad.
At the international and regional scene,
President Ruto said Kenya was a dependable partner that continues to contribute
to global progress.
“In an increasingly interconnected world, our
well-being depends on the engagement with our neighbours,
continental fraternity and international partners. In all these
arenas, Kenya has continued to be a dependable ally, faithful friend and
effective partner, ever committed to win-win bilateral as well as
multilateral outcomes that achieve mutual gains for the benefit of
humanity,” said the Head of State.
He said Kenya continues to sustain its
Pan-Africanist credentials and was committed to its obligations to meet the
demands of fast-evolving global circumstances.
He added that Kenya is committed to the
pursuit of trade to move forward Pan-African ideals and create shared
President Ruto said Kenya is also committed
to maintaining strong strategic relations with key development partners
the US, the UK, the EU, Middle Eastern nations and the Far East including
China and Japan.
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