Kenyans Discuss Security Issues in Lively TV Debate

A section of the audience during the Nation Leadership Forum.

Hundreds of Kenyans gathered at the Chandaria Center for Performing Arts, University of Nairobi Towers to discuss security and safety issues on April 8, 2019.


In a lively television debate broadcasted on Nation Media Group leading television station, NTV, talks on the ‘Huduma Namba’, the new government’s initiative to consolidate all identifications into one number document dominated the talks. Ambassador Martin Kimani, Director , National Control Terrorism Centre, represented Dr. Fred Matiang’i,   Cabinet Minister, Internal Security and Coordination of National Government. He pointed out that by collating all information in one place, the Huduma Namba will go a long way in service delivery.

Concerns were raised on data security, cyber security and data protection of millions of Kenyans whose data would be collected by the system. Ambassador Kimani assured Kenyans that measures are being put in place to ensure that the data is well secured and protected. Kenyans who are slow to register were urged to do so as there is nothing to be afraid of.

On security of our financial systems, Nicholas Mulila, Safaricom Chief Corporate Security Officer, assured the audience that as a private sector company, they have a 24 hour monitoring center for all Mpesa and financial transactions. “We have 25 million Mpesa users and 25 million points of weaknesses. Criminals and cyber security fraudsters will always try to use financial systems for money laundering,” he said.

Noordin Haji, Director of Public Prosecutions, observed that as an office, they are working round the clock to deal with terrorism and terrorists despite the fact that the judiciary has been lenient to some of the criminals citing weak and non-watertight evidence. “We are dealing with complex issues. We are dealing with cross border terrorists from Iraq, Somalia and some other countries which don’t have the rule of law,” he said.

From the discussions, it was evident that terrorism is a global problem and international community was requested to come forward and help in the fight, especially to help Kenya fight terrorism that is rife from our neighbors in Somalia. The rise of radicalization and many young people joining the terror networks could not be blamed on unemployment, but rather in fighting terrorism ideology of; using fear, removing stereotypes and countering terrorism. It was pointed out that the fight against terrorism needs inter religious, inter racial and international collaboration.

Police force as well got blamed for unwarranted killings of the innocent. Such extra judicial killings, it was pointed out, should be investigated and reported accordingly.  

Expiry Date: 
Thu, 2019-11-28 (All day)