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We will not relent in the war on crime, says the President

By Kobia Mwirichia

Nairobi April 24th, 2014 (PSCU) –President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured Kenyans that the Government will not relent in the ongoing fight against terror and other forms of crime in the country.

The President said for the country to attract investors and other visitors, peace and stability were of paramount importance.

“We are committed to the fight against crime whatever form it may take ranging from terrorism to cattle rustling,” President Kenyatta said.

Even as he asked the police to increase their resolve to combat terror networks, the President told them to treat Kenyans with dignity.

President Kenyatta told the police to ‘obey the law as they enforce the law’

“Also treat Kenyans with dignity to win their confidence,” he said.

The President said the Government would shield those who executed their duties in accordance with the law.

He was speaking at General Service Training School, Embakasi during the pass-out parade for 1779 recruits who have undergone 15 month rigorous training.

The President reassured that the ongoing war on terror is not targeted at any religion or community but criminals who posed a threat to stability and economic development in the country.

The President said the Government will commit more resources to provide security officers with modern equipment and tools to enable them effectively execute their duties.

He urged Kenyans to share relevant information with police to assist combat crime in the country.

On illegal weapons, President Kenyatta assured Kenyans that those who voluntarily surrender firearms were covered by the government amnesty. “Surrender the illegal weapons even through the religious leaders and elders,” he added.

The President led Kenyans in observing a moment of silence in remembrance of the two police officers who lost their lives on the course of their duties at Pangani police station last evening.

President Kenyatta praised the officers, Francis Murage and Samuel Cheptoo and many others who have lost their lives in the line of duty for their dedication and commitment. Two others are undergoing treatment for injuries sustained during the explosion.

Deputy President William Ruto said the Government was developing a robust security policy that would ensure police and other security agencies are equipped with modern technology to match sophistication by terrorists and other criminals.

The Deputy President said there are signs of winning the ongoing war on terror in the country.

“There are clear signs that the security challenges faced in the country will be overcome,” said Mr. Ruto.

Interior and National Coordination Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku said the ongoing security operation only targets criminals, aliens without proper documentation and terrorists.

In attendance were First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and senior government officials.

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First Lady visits Qatar’s Aspire sports academy

DOHA, Qatar, 23 April, 2014 (PSCU) –First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today visited the Aspire Sports Academy in Doha, Qatar.

On arrival at the sport academy, the First Lady was received by the academy’s Director General Ivan Bravo who conducted her on a tour of the facility.

The sports academy is at the centre of a sporting revolution taking place in Qatar and around the Gulf region. The First Lady commended role played by the sports academy in promoting and nurturing sporting talents.

At the end of her visit to the academy, the facility’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Al- Sulaiteen, presented the First Lady with the academy token and thanked her for the visit.

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President returns from Qatar state visit

Nairobi April 23, 2014 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta has jetted back into the country from Doha, Qatar where he was on a three-day State visit.

The plane carrying the President and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta touched down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly before 9 00 p.m. and was received by the Deputy President William Ruto.

During the visit, President Kenyatta held meetings with the Emir of Qatar and other Qatari Government officials to discuss areas of mutual cooperation.

President Kenyatta and the Emir later witnessed the signing of four agreements and three Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs).

The agreements were on Economic, Commercial and Technical Cooperation, legal fields, avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income.

The President invited Qatari investors to partner with the Jubilee Government in the exploration of oil and the generation of natural gas. Kenya has prioritized provision of energy as a key driver of the growth envisaged in Vision 2030.

The First Lady separately visited a number of landmarks in Qatar, among them the Shafallah Centre and the Qatar Foundation.

Others in the President’s delegation were Cabinet Secretaries Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs and International Trade), Najib Balala (Mining), Michael Kamau (Transport and Infrastructure), Henry Rotich (National treasury), David Chirchir (Energy) and Adan Mohamed (Industrialization and Enterprise).

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