Corruption in the security force has been cited as a major hurdle in the fight against terrorism and other forms of crime. Muslim leaders drawn from diverse organizations

and peace groups within Nakuru County, while sharing views during an anti-terror consultative forum last week decried that due to endemic corruption among security agencies people are concerned about confidentiality of information divulged to security personnel. The leaders appealed to the government to step up efforts in the fight against corruption in the security force as a measure to clamp down the rising insecurity and restore confidence and trust among Kenyans. Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) Deputy Secretary General Hassan Ole Naado who was in attendance at the forum noted that residents had expressed fears of leakage of information volunteered to security agencies.

“Corruption within security agencies has emerged as one of the key issues during our consultative forum and members of the community are  concerned about confidentiality,” said Ole Naado. Ole Naado emphasized that there is need for mutual understanding and good relations to be created among citizens and the security agencies for the war against insecurity to succeed stressing that for the success to be made, corruption in the security sector and other state offices must first be addressed to build the confidence and trust among Kenyans He added that to respond to growing insecurity exacerbated by violent extremism the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) has partnered with like-minded organizations that deal with security and conflict to address the trend. Ole Naado further disclosed that a charter was developed and adopted during the first National Conference on Security and Countering Violent Extremism in Kenya held in Nairobi last year.

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