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Failure of the State to Provide Security

Failure of the State to Provide Security

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Published by Maskani Ya Taifa
Press release from Mombasa Civil Society groups on (in)secirity and the failure of the government in providing security.
Press release from Mombasa Civil Society groups on (in)secirity and the failure of the government in providing security.

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Published by: Maskani Ya Taifa on Jun 12, 2014
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MOMBASA CIVIL SOCIETIESPRESS RELEASE
AT CASTLE ROYAL HOTEL ON 12
th
JUNE 2014
FAILURE OF THE STATE TO PROVIDE SECURITY
On the morning of June 10, 2014 Kenyans woke up to the news of the brutal shooting and killing of Sheikh Mohammed dris, !hairman of the !oun"il of mams and #rea"hers of Kenya $!#K% by unknown assailants at his home in &ikoni' (his brings to o)er 20 "leri"s who ha)e so far lost their li)es in a "hilling pattern of "old blood e*e"utions that ha)e dotted the Kenyan lands"ape o)er the past three years sin"e the go)ernment laun"hed its war against terror'(he se"urity situation has deteriorated so badly that it is diffi"ult to distinguish between genuine a"ts of terror and ordinary "rime that ha)e seen the wa)e of )iolen"e, killings, kidnapping, assassinations and numerous other a"ts of lawlessness in"rease to a le)el where Kenyans li)e in perpetual fear of thugs, the poli"e, neighbour and any stranger' +hereas go)ernment would like to ha)e us belie)e that the deteriorating se"urity situation in the "ountry is as a result of terrorism, there is not an inkling of e)iden"e that it "an put on the table to ba"k that "laim' (o date the poli"e ha)e not unra)eled any of the in"iden"es with "ertainty, there ha)e been no inuests opened e)en in "ases where poli"e lost their li)es and no prote"tion has been pro)ided to those  who asked for it like dris'(he most alarming feature of the said war against terror is the worsening situation of inse"urity and massi)e )iolation of human rights' -andom poli"e swoops on the streets, shopping malls and homes ha)e be"ome routine' .undreds and thousands of people ha)e been indis"riminately arrested and held in sub/human "onditions either in "rowded poli"e "ells or sports stadia' (hese poli"e swoops ha)e been "hara"teried by harassment, brutaliation, humiliation, torture, e*tortion, rape, disappearan"e of persons while in poli"e "ustody, profiling and targeting people for arbitrary arrest on the basis of ethni"ity, nationality, religion and other se"tarian "onsiderations+e the undersigned members of "i)il so"iety wish to "all upon the go)ernment to admit and own up that this "risis is a dire"t result of the two/front war that it is waging at home and in Somalia' (he burden of this two/front war is now being borne by ordinary Kenyans in the streets and in the )illages' +hereas the "ontinent e*"luded Kenya from sending troops to Somalia be"ause of our "ommon border and the possibility that we "ould open oursel)es to atta"ks, Kenyan leaders on their own motion sent for"es into Somalia the "onseuen"e of whi"h should not surprise us at all' n the light of the se"urity situation in the "ountry, what role is K playing in Somalia3 +hy should we not defend our "ommon border from our soil instead of in)iting the  wrath of reprisals that meets an in)ading for"e3+e "annot "ontinue to li)e in fear' +e "annot allow the s"ope of our "itienship to be restri"ted in the name of fighting terror' +e "annot allow the go)ernment to bring ba"k the ta"ti"s the ritish go)ernment employed to "ontain the Mau Mau to "reep ba"k in our demo"ra"y' 5rising from the foregoing we the undersigned "i)il so"iety organiations demand as follows6
From the o!er"me"t#
1'(.5( the go)ernment starts the immediate, phased and stru"tured withdrawal of K troops from Somalia in the best interest of Kenyans, the soldiers and their families2'(.5( the go)ernment "omes "lean on the intelligen"e it is relying on to prose"ute its war against terror and sheds light on the a""usations that 5meri"ans, sraelis or ritons may also be playing a role in this  war on Kenyan soil'7'(.5( the poli"e and the e*e"uti)e state to Kenyans why they should not be asked to step aside for their la"k of "apability to ensure the safety and se"urity of Kenyans despite their "ommitment under

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