Police – ‘Mungiki’ Ties Chilling
June 18, 2004 Editorial
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Friday June 18, 2004
Elements within the Police Force are allegedly supporting the Mungiki sect members in their nefarious acts. That chilling revelation from the Nairobi Provincial Commissioner Francis Sigei, in his capacity as the provincial security committee chairman.
Consequently, “rogue officers” have been given the “last warning” to decide where their loyalties lie.
However, Mr Sigei’s ultimatum lifted straight from US President George Bush’s post-Iraq lexicon, “you are either with us or against us,” may perhaps sound empty to Kenyans who have borne the brunt of the Mungiki violence for far too long.
The long-proscribed outfit, who the police say are regrouping to orchestrate further terror, stands for evil. How then can the tax-payers’ money be used to pay criminals disguised as policemen?
The PC, the Police Commissioner and the National Security Minister must reassure Kenyans that they are still charge, and that security is guaranteed.
But this cannot be when they do not know who to trust between the uniformed Mungiki sympathiser and the dreadlocked snuff-sniffing extortionist.
Instead of the PC asking the police to repent their sins, he should institute investigations and prosecute those guilty of abetting Mungiki activities. Retaining such policemen is postponing a disaster.
Early this month, findings by a local research group demonstrated how terrified Kenyans are: One in every three people arrives home before sunset, fearing for their safety, while nearly half of the population will not venture out before 5 am for the same reason.
Kenyans are thus imprisoned in their homes, as gangsters roam unchallenged, apparently aided by dishonest policemen.
Such a verdict would have resulted in mass resignations by security chiefs, who have clearly failed Kenyans, and paved the way for a more robust team to take up the challenge.
Kenyans deserve a better deal, and the least that the security apparatus should do is to separate the wheat from the chaff in the Police Force.
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