WE WELCOME FREEZING OF ACCOUNTS BUT DEMAND MORE.
By Tom Odege
Government in earnest must pursue masterstroke strategies and not sloppiness in vigorously fighting any form (or format) of terrorism. Nevertheless, it should desist from any vendetta (of collective punishment) and work with local communities in harvesting precise intelligence required to neutralize these terrorists beforehand.
Security is sacrosanct thus working conditions of elite Recce Unit must be improvedâ€”it beats logic that CS Nkaisery flew with a chopper to update the nation from morning, while it took Recce 7 hours to travel to Garissa. This betrays a height of nonchalance in our leadership priorities. Our police force too must be reinvigorated to its appropriateness that straddles beyond reactive force into a proactive force able to preempt some of these attacks and comfortably stop them in their tracks.
We welcome freezing of 86 account associated with â€œterrorâ€ sponsors by Central Bank but wonder why it took the so long considering the timing. This is a big score to our intelligence and safety.
Consequently, government should now present non local civil servants with a rich menu of transfer, payable leave or increase in risk allowance as they wait for the security situation to fully return to normalcy. This is inspired by the fact that the looming fear of the unknown (and here we mean life and death) is seriously affecting morale and emotions of workers and hence their productivity. The government must not characterize any civil servant requesting the above as opposition collaborators, enemies of jubilee, saboteurs or unpatriotic as the risk is too real to be wished away and no work is worth dying for.
As a union, we unequivocally denounce terrorism or any form or foam but urge the government to wake up from this Jonah-Like slumber every time in face of a disaster. Subjects can be forgotten but we can ill afford the luxury of missing the lessonâ€”a place where government seems to be scoring poorly.
Tom Odege is the Secretary General Union of Kenya Civil Servants (UKCS)