Mjadala II: Building Civic/Community Competencies in Security & Public Safety: Which way Kenya

Panelists  
Betty Sharon Coast Women in Developmen
Rapudo Hawi Usalam Reforms Forum
Dr. Mutuma Rutere Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies
   
Moderator  
Lorna Irungu Macharia Breakfast Show Presenter, Nation FM's State of the Nation

In the last few months, a rising wave of terror attacks have taken place in Kenya in a manner that indicates that terrorists have penetrated our communities. The blame trading, and more recently the political undertones undermine or at least mask honest and objective dialogues on this emerging challenge. Unified in the realization that terrorism is real and the state of insecurity is a rising threat to national cohesion, we believe that  unless citizens and civic groups engage actively and meaningfully to promote safer communities, the effectiveness of government efforts will remain at best limited, and at worst counter-productive.

Structured around a Moderator and 3-4 discussants, this Mjadala session brought together representatives from the citizen community, national government, Council of Governors and the security sector to engage participants in collectively answering critical questions on public security and the role of citizens, including:

1.     How do we create security and public safety competencies at community level?

2.     What policing and public security options and strategies exist at national and county levels?

3.     What opportunities could we harness for creating safer public/shared neighbourhoods?

4.     How can we develop security interventions that unite communities against terrorism and violence?

5.     What lessons can Kenya learn from other countries on the citizens’ role in security and public safety?

Mjadala II: Building Civic/Community Competencies in Security & Public Safety: Which way Kenya