Militia Groups Are a Worrying
Business Daily (Nairobi)
2 March 2008
That there are people preparing to disturb the peace is really
That these illegal and secretive armed groups could be having high
level backing is certainly shocking.
That we have professionals and possibly retired officers from the
armed forces involved in such activities needs to be strongly
condemned and the full force of the law applied.
Militia groups act on the basis that certain initiatives that
would have helped improve their lot or stopped certain perceived
injustices are not forthcoming through legally established ways.
They may then engage or get involved in activities or even form
entities to fill a perceived unmet need.
The emergence and perpetuation of such groups is a worldwide
phenomenon, more advanced in countries like the US where they
continue to cause a number of problems for law enforcement
machinery and communities where such groupings thrive.
I believe we have a justice and law enforcement system in place
that is up to the gigantic task of ensuring lives and property are
protected and that any injustice is thoroughly punished.
I'm certain that we have a system that would suppress such illegal
emergence of secret armies for I do not want to think that the
latest turn of events though not fully blown out has moved or
appears to move beyond the control of government.
The government owes the people an explanation. We need assurance
that things will not get any worse than we have witnessed.
We should not allow such ethnic based groups to thrive, they
should be disbanded and forever keep their peace, otherwise we
might nurture a situation where they would even demand to be
recognised as part of the official security system.
We ought to avoid a situation where security responsibilities
might be enforced not by a unified but by a diverse group of
potentially feuding entities that could deepen divisions that may
We need to re-examine ourselves and address the weaknesses that
exist in our justice and correctional system as a way of
correcting the past wrongs and laying the path to ensure we secure
fairness in resource allocation.
All these should be entrenched in a new constitutional
dispensation in which the population will feel protected, cared
for and accommodated irrespective of where they come from.