Updated Sunday, October 20th 2013 at 15:00 GMT +3 By STANDARD DIGITAL REPORTER
Nairobi, Kenya: In the wake of increased insecurity incidents President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed all people living in Kenya to know their neighbours.
In his maiden Mashujaa Day speech to the nation, Uhuru asked Kenyans to know everything and everyone around them as a way of ensuring security is not breached.
“It will be a great betrayal for anyone of us to pretend oblivion while next door, someone is assembling bombs, hoarding illegal weapons, or detaining a kidnapped child. That is why we must all embrace the ‘Nyumba Kumi’ plan: ensure that you know at least 10 households around your residence well.”
The president also noted the holistic nature of security and reminded Kenyans do all they can to protect their country, its people and their prosperity.
According to the president, Kenya will not shy away from venturing outside its borders if that will enhance its security.
Said the president, “From time to time, therefore, we may be required to intervene externally to keep our country, and our neighbours safe. We have not been found wanting in that regard, and we stand ready to act whenever required. I am happy to report that peace and security initiatives in Somalia and South Sudan are bearing fruit.”
On its part, Uhuru said the Government will remain vigilant and invest in equipping the security forces to have sufficient capacity to deter and contain all forms of violence and criminality.
The rampant destruction of infrastructure including road and rail guards and electricity networks has also caught the president’s attention. Uhuru wants all Kenyans to play a role in containing such vices.
“I urge Kenyans to be vigilant against vandals and poachers, who selfishly destroy taxpayers’ investment in national infrastructure and our natural heritage. I direct the police to ensure that such people are arrested and prosecuted at once.”