Security bosses should be fired but that must go with change of tack

Inspector General of police David Kimaiyo (Left) Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku (Center) and Chief of general staff Julius Karangi during press briefing at Oshwal Centre on September 23,2013. FILE PHOTO | DENISH OCHIENG | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The language of jihad and the global war on terrorism encourage us to look outside Kenya’s borders for explanations for insecurity. Such a view results in facile comparisons to Nigeria, Iraq or Syria.
  • Despite his efforts to project an image of himself as a military leader in full battle attire a few months ago, President Kenyatta is, again, attempting to deflect blame by claiming that “the responsibility (for security) lies with me and you”.
  • No less troubling, demanding the heads of Inspector-General David Kimaiyo and Interior minister Joseph ole Lenku appears to be the only positive change on the agenda.

In 2011, I wrote a piece for the Foreign Affairs website on Kenya’s invasion of Somalia.

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