Principals asked to appoint Internal Security minister
Posted Sunday, September 16 2012 at 12:37
- President Kibaki, PM Odinga asked to appoint a functional Internal Security minister to relieve Mr Yusuf Haji, who holds the docket on an acting capacity
The Civil Society groups on Sunday intensified calls for the appointment of a minister for Internal Security as renewed violence rocks parts of the country.
President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga have been asked to appoint a functional Internal Security minister to relieve Mr Yusuf Haji, who holds the docket on an acting capacity.
The human rights and governance organisations said the violence being experienced in some parts the country, with the recent case being the Tana Delta attacks, was as a result of lack of commitment by the government in appointing an Internal Security minister.
“We are saddened by the slow pace and laxity with which the government is spearheading reforms in the police," said Samuel Tororei of the Kenya National Commission of Human Rights.
“The two principals should therefore finalise the appointment of a substantive minister in this position of Internal Security,” he added.
They said that the Mr Haji was incompetent in the Internal Security ministry considering that the country is also at war with Somalia's terror group, Al-Shabaab.
They further added that Mr Haji had also been adversely mentioned as one of the leaders behind the ongoing Tana clashes that has so far seen over 100 people killed and others displaced from their homes.
“Haji should therefore be relieved from this position and a non-partisan person appointed," said Tororei.
The position of Internal Security minister fell vacant after its then occupant Prof George Saitoti, his deputy Orwa Ojodeh and four police officers were killed in a chopper crash on June 10.