Since Mungiki and MRC criminal gangs found new courage and emerged from their hiding into our print and electronic media headlines, the threats against our national security have increased.
Along with these two internal threats is Al-Shabaab who after making Somalia ungovernable started spreading their tentacles into Kenya. This forced the government to deploy Kenya Defence Forces in Somalia where they remain engaged.
It concerns me deeply that a few misguided Imams have become enemy agents. We have credible intelligence that in their criminally inclined summons, they have been betraying the cause of the republic by calling upon the youth in their congregations to fight against their motherland, deliberately misrepresenting such betrayal of their country as a holy war.
Consequently, we have experienced actions of murder and violent attacks on law enforcement officers and other innocent people.
However, the most perturbing aspect is the conduct of our politicians whose actions and reactions on grave matters of national security remain precariously unpredictable.
Cycle of murder
Lets us briefly examine what is known about Mungiki. Between 2005 and 2007, Mungiki operated a vicious cycle of murder, violent robbery and extortion in many areas including Molo, Nakuru, Nairobi and the entire Central Province.
By using the kind of terror reminiscent of ancient savage human sacrifices, Mungiki treated the country to butchered human heads pegged onto their owner’s gates, skinned four-year-olds and mass murder of villagers answering a distress call from a neighbour.
They allocated themselves an income from poor peasant farmers, landlords in the lower income areas of towns and cities and public service vehicles.
To keep their subjects seized in terror, they engaged in forced female genital mutilation and showed little respect for any religious belief save their own concoction which was being sold as Kikuyu traditional way of worship.
By the way, there was nothing Kikuyu or traditional about their oaths. Their much touted oath was actually a savage declaration that the adherent will serve their leader and take all his orders (to be recognised as an anointed representative of God) – including orders to slaughter a human being when called upon.
The oath also included an irrevocable pledge to surrender all earnings to their leader for redistribution.
In return, a candidate was promised protection from the same savagery they had sworn themselves to. This is purely use of terror to indoctrinate the worst type of criminals.
When it comes to MRC, the police service is investigating several brazen criminal acts committed in broad daylight. They include assault, grievous harm, and robbery with violence and obstruction to police officers on duty.
The crimes include robbery of a police firearm and sabotage of the most sacred democratic right – the right to choose whom and how to be governed through voting.
Remember the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is a constitutional body whose principle responsibility is to safeguard universal suffrage: the greatest pillar of democracy.
Whereas I must credit our politicians for the times they have been sincere and called a spade a spade, at other times their public utterances beat every effort at logic.
Our current Constitution is so liberal that it has legalised free political activity anyone can think about.
On the other side, article 238 has clearly stipulated that “National Security is the protection against internal and external threats to Kenya’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, its people, their rights, freedoms, property, peace, stability and prosperity, and other national interests”.
How then does anybody aspiring to lead this country fail to condemn forces who have openly advocated activities which subvert the Constitution the same politicians promulgated with so much pomp barely two years ago?
Robbing a police officer of his firearm and burning of a car in use by the IEBC is a felony and a serious violation of national security and must be condemned in the strongest terms possible.
Any person aspiring to leadership must as a matter of instinct demonstrate an insurmountable gap between themselves and anybody betraying the Constitution of Kenya and her peoples.
Any person who in any way supports such activity whether overtly or covertly is an outlaw and must be told so. Otherwise nobody should ever talk community policing if calling a crime a crime becomes too hard for us.
By the way, it is a basic tenet of the law that any person who aids, abets, counsels or procures another person to any act or omission prohibited by law is as guilty as the person who executes the actual prohibited act or omission.
It therefore follows that every politician who has publicly or privately supported Mungiki or MRC has actually subverted the Constitution of Kenya, is a criminal and going by our integrity standards in the Constitution, unfit to lead.
As a police officer, I will not delve into the grievance any of these groups may be having. It is enough for me they have committed criminal acts under the law.
A young man cannot claim to be jobless in Murang’a and decide to live by robbing his mother of the milk proceeds through terror and murder.
Neither can another one in Mombasa plead joblessness and hope to remedy that by burning private vehicles, and using robbery with violence to acquire weapons.
Rule of law
Our people must now be told that the rule of law means living, preaching and religiously following only constitutional means to any and every individual or collective end.
In our capitalist system, there is no room for making whole communities rich. It is for individuals to struggle and access wealth through entrepreneurship, hard work and discipline.
Telling people that you will listen and solve their grievances on wealth and good life is a very cruel lie. In a global market economy, the reality is hard.
As we move towards elections, politicians have a cardinal responsibility to demonstrate that this time round they will trust in the Constitution and remain in the straight and narrow path dictated by the rule of law.
Similarly we need to know that at all times it is the responsibility of every citizen to safeguard our national interests: paramount among them national security.
Mathew Iteere is the police commissioner