[kictanet] Security Situation in Kenya

Ngigi Waithaka ngigi at at.co.ke
Mon Jun 16 15:09:22 EAT 2014


There is something about "...great minds thinking alike...", so I might
have just confirmed that you are one.... :-)

If I remember correctly, after the Westgate Attack a committee headed by Dr
Ndemo was setup to look into what needs to be done to avoid another
Westgate Type Attack happening.

Thereafter, there was total silence from this committee, the next time I
heard anything come out of this committee is when they recommended the
Secure Network deal with Safaricom.

Naturally, it then leads you to believe that after some "....deep
analysis..." what this country needs is a Secure Network as a first step to
combating the terrorist threads.

But, and as I think quite a lot of us have said in these forums, that is
NOT a solution. Personally I think its probably not even a priority and
unfortunately our silence in the ICT community will be taken to mean that
we are agreeable that 'more-technology' is what this country needs.


On Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 2:46 PM, Walubengo J <jwalu at yahoo.com> wrote:

> @Ngigi,
> 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...
> walu.
> --------------------------------------------
> 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
>  Listers,
>  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
> http://www.nation.co.ke/news/mpeketoni-Lamu-gunfire-al-shabaab-terrorism/-/1056/2349860/-/yf5qvgz/-/index.html
>  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
>  region.
>  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.
>  --
>  Regards,
>  Waithaka
>  Ngigi
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*Wait**haka Ngigi*
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