Kenyans told to participate fully in security issues

The National Committee on Citizen Participation in Security (CPS) has embarked on a campaign to revitalise Nyumba Kumi clusters in Nairobi County in efforts aimed at improving security in the county.

CPS members who are taking the clusters through the proposed Draft guidelines for implementation of community policing in the country also used the forum to collect views from the clusters for inclusion in the final draft.

Addressing Viwandani and Makongeni clusters at Tom Mboya Hall in Makadara constituency, the CPS Chairman Mr. Joseph Kaguthi told the cluster members not to have any political and religious inclination when rendering services as their obligation is to serve all individuals equally.

We want all cluster committee members to be people who can sacrifice their time and inspire the people they lead to change their negative attitudes, since leadership requires a lot of sacrifice, said Kaguthi.

The Chairman commended the leaders for taking ownership of their clusters to ensure law and order is maintained, and advised them to always take the number of households that are manageable.

CPS recommends that you include and engage the youth, as we consider them as the first line of defence, as well as victims of security. This is a group that is very instrumental in security matters, added Kaguthi.

He at the same time noted that security did not only address criminal activities, and observed that it included issues such as youth and employment, school dropouts, illicit brew and drugs, street children, prostitution, noise from social places and health.

CPS National committee has already covered Embakasi, Makadara, Langata, Dagoretti, Kasarani and Starehe Sub counties.

The Chairman said to eradicate insecurity and other vices that threaten peace within communities, Kenyans should be interested in knowing who their neighbours are and what they do.

Source: Kenya News Agency