Be the state’s surveillance to enhance security, Kaguthi tells Kenyans
The Citizen Participation in Security National Committee Chairman, Joseph Kaguthi has urged Kenyans to help ensure improved security by being the government’s ‘Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV)
Speaking during the committee’s maiden Nyumba Kumi officials’ sensitization workshop in Athi river town, Machakos on Tuesday, Kaguthi said all Kenyans ought to know it is their individual responsibility to safeguard their environs and be their brother’s keeper.
“Citizens need to understand why they are referred to as CCTVs. We have created systems so that as you take your CCTV roles effectively,” said Kaguthi.
Kaguthi exuded confidence that the Nyumba Kumi initiative is taking root, adding that the committee needs to be given time since it is a new security concept.
The Chairman pointed out that all corners and borders of the country will be safe if citizens embrace the initiative and promote nationhood as patriots.
He however, urged citizens not to endanger their lives by openly giving information to security agencies and instead secretly send text messages to 22068 starting with their respective counties, location and the actual incident.
“All government agencies and relevant authorities get the report once you send it on that number without revealing your identity. Report anything sinister you see, hear or suspect,” added Kaguthi.
He noted that the President through Executive Order no. 3 delegated the responsibilities of security to County Commissioners hence citizens ought to take them to task to reduce costs of citizen participation on security.
He said the committee has already established and trained 300,000 Nyumba Kumi clusters spread across all the 300 Sub-counties in the country.
“As a committee we have trained sub-county security teams spread across the country on Nyumba Kumi. The 47 counties are adequately covered,” said Kaguthi.
Kaguthi revealed that Machakos will be a model county for the initiative, adding that his committee is proud of the 815 NyumbaKumi clusters in Athi River Sub-County.
“Citizens should be patient with Nyumba Kumi. We are proud of the 815 Athi River Sub-county clusters since all are effectively participating in a culture we are just introducing. This is our first time to go and listen to Nyumba Kumi officials from the counties for assessment,” said Kaguthi.
The Chairman however, said the government has no funds to pay salaries to Nyumba Kumi members as it is a voluntary exercise.
The committee is expected to make its next stop in Kiambaa before proceeding to Naivasha and several other selected regions with a mission to gauge the Nyumba Kumi initiative’s overall effectiveness ahead of formulating a policy document to guide its operations.
By Rachael Kilonzo