World Bulletin/News Desk
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday called on citizens of the East African nation to stop blaming only the government for rising insecurity.
"No matter how much we do, there will never be one policeman for everyone and unless we work together with the security forces, the responsibility lies on me and you," Kenyatta told a gathering during the launch of the National Policy for Response to Prevention of Gender Violence, according to the presidency.
The Nairobi launch was held a day after the marking of the global campaign held on November 25 to bring to light the violence unleashed against women and girls in urban areas.
The campaign ends on December 10, marked globally as the International Human Rights day.
Kenyatta’s speech came one day after hundreds of people demonstrated outside his office in Nairobi to protest what they dubbed as the government’s failure to control growing insecurity in the country.
The protest was prompted by an Al-Shabab attack on a bus, which left 28 people dead in the north-eastern remote county of Mandera near Kenya's border with Somalia.
The protesters, who included opposition legislators, senators, activists and university students, called for the resignation of Kenya's Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo and Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku, whose portfolio includes internal security.
"I agree that our security [networks] must do more to protect the people. As a government we have worked to ensure we equip them [security personnel] well and provide them with vehicles…We shall do more to ensure that there is enough security for our citizens," Kenyatta said.
In recent years, Al-Shabaab has carried out attacks in Nairobi and Kenya's northeastern region.
In September 2013, at least 67 people were killed in a four-day-long hostage-taking saga in an upmarket Nairobi shopping mall that was eventually claimed by Al-Shabaab.Last Mod: 26 Kasım 2014, 22:10