While reading this post, Military to help police secure roads, I felt rather unsettled. Here is the summary (as posted in Daily Nation):
- Roads where the military will be present include the Nairobi-Thika and Nairobi-Mombasa highways.
- Section 32 of the Kenya Defence Forces Act allows the minister to send soldiers to help civil authorities restore peace in any part of the country affected by insecurity, instability or unrest.
- Mandera has witnessed cases of armed attacks in the recent past. Though some of the attacks were linked to inter-ethnic rivalry, most of the attacks have been attributed to Al-Shabaab.
There has been a rise in insecurity and the gaps in our national security have been made quite clear, but I have this niggling feeling that there is more to this than meets the eye. The word ‘terrorism’ is being thrown around a lot, Somali people living in Kenya are being discriminated against, I can’t go to a shopping mall without getting a half-assed frisking.
Then now, the solution is to add more guns to an already volatile situation. A+. I don’t know about everyone else, but seeing men in uniform offers me no comfort. At least with a thug you have a very good idea what’s going to happen. There are other issues that need to be dealt with before you line major roads with underpaid, disgruntled, weapon wielding ‘protectors’.
And how’s about waking up one day and finding yourself in a military state, you with mediocre rights and guns in your face…whether friendly or hostile you would never be certain. [being a tad dramatic] But seriously, I see this gesture towards creating greater security only providing fertile ground for anarchy.
Please share your thoughts on the issue, and feel free to ‘school’ me if you see a flaw in my reasoning. These are the things we should talk about.