[kictanet] Security Situation in Kenya

Walubengo J jwalu at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 16 14:46:41 EAT 2014


You seem to have read my tomorrows blog in advance. You must be extra-terrestrial :-). 

Things dont look too good for us. But tragedy should serve to bring us together in order to overcome. I wish there was something "ICT" we could do to get us out of this terrorist mess, but then again I am afraid that technology on its own will not stop that terrorist. 

There is that element of corruption that will defeat every innovation you throw at insecurity...

On Mon, 6/16/14, Ngigi Waithaka via kictanet <kictanet at lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

 Subject: [kictanet] Security Situation in Kenya
 To: jwalu at yahoo.com
 Date: Monday, June 16, 2014, 9:46 AM
 In case you might not have heard, there has been a
 very serious security breach that has occurred in Mpeketoni,
 Lamu that has so far claimed close to 50 persons.
 The details on this are here 
 To put this into context, Mpeketoni is the
 largest town, bar Lamu, between the Somali Border and
 Malindi and the center of commercial activity in the
 So, as much as a lot of us might not know it, the fact that
 Al-Shabbab could drive trucks full of fighters into such a
 town and commit these crimes and then leave should send all
 the security-bells that we have ringing.
 This is exactly how Boko Haram started in Nigeria
 and we are seeing it played out here right infront of us.
 I think its time that we spoke as the local ICT
 Community and came up with a stand on what in our opinion
 needs to be done in ICT Terms to secure this nation. 
 As an example, it would actually be very irresponsible of us
 to let a few gentlemen to come together and tell us the
 solution to our current security problems, from an ICT
 perspective, is a police network deal that largely puts CCTV
 Cameras in Nairobi & Mombasa, when maybe nothing is
 being spent to secure our porous borders as well as actual
 on-the-ground intelligence collection.
 We could send this as a proposal to the powers
 that be as well as the parliamentary ICT Committee and hope,
 nay, push, until something gets done. The way I see this
 working is, we draft a document, brief and simple with what
 our recommendations are, then Listers can comment on it. If
 largely agreeable, we send it to the powers that be.
 Let me now what your thoughts are, and we could
 see what we can do about this.
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