The Bomet County Commissioner (CC), Geoffrey Omonding has called on the public not to trust foreign nationals if their safety and security is to be guaranteed.
Omonding said there was an influx of people from China, Nigeria and Egypt who are suspected of being criminals and drug lords and who were out to disrupt peace in Kenya.
He said the Government was committed to sustainable peace and that foreigners who were in the country illegally were to be marked and deported in the next three months.
The administrator made the remarks in Bomet on Monday during the opening of a five-day workshop for empowerment of religious leaders to play a key role in promoting cohesion and values in the country.
Religious leaders play a key role in bringing people together. The leaders have the capacity to ensure followers do the right thing and to commit to peaceful coexistence and bring up a morally upright society, Omonding said.
He said apart from the chiefs who were the eyes of the Government at the grassroots level, the religious leaders were equally knowledgeable and could easily pick up individuals causing mayhem in their localities.
Citing the successful fight against cattle rustling across the Borabu border between Trasmara and Kisii, Omonding said the menace was contained following zealous concerted efforts from Government and other stakeholders noting that religious leaders’ contribution was pivotal to the cause.
At the same time, he said there was an ongoing war against illicit brew and asked the clerics to take part in the fight.
Speaking at the same function, the National Secretary in the Directorate of Cohesion and Values, Michael Ndung’u said the Government had instituted infrastructure that enables it to work with various groups with all efforts geared towards ensuring that the top four agenda set by the Jubilee Government were met.
Ndung’u said the country’s diversity was not a factor that ought to divide but rather was a valuable tool that should unite citizens.
He said national cohesion was one of the top priorities of the Government and that the Government was seeking contributions from various stakeholders to ensure the said goal is achieved.
Following the 2007/8 post-election violence, he said it was time the country healed and reconciled, not as a tribe or members of the ruling party or affiliates of any sort of grouping but as a nation.
Ndungu reiterated the Government’s commitment in ensuring security that the ongoing police reforms were the best indicator.
The Government is currently reforming the police department. The Government seek to empower the police, improve their infrastructure, housing and salaries, but the thorn in the flesh has been how to have the officers be accountable for their actions, he said.
Source: Kenya News Agency