Security key in economic development, says Matiang’iKSG-admin
By Daniel Ngeti
The Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Dr. Fred Matiang’i has singled out security as a key factor in the development of various sectors of the Kenyan economy.
The CS was categorical that the government cannot negotiate about matters security other than to ensure they are fully implemented.
Dr. Matiang’i made these remarks at the Kenya School of Government Matuga Campus where he addressed the Kwale County Security Consultative meeting.
“Security is not about the police and other government administrators but about a consultative approach which includes both levels of government,” he posed while enumerating the government development record in Kwale County, which has spurred economic benefits to the youth, the most vulnerable for security related vices.
Dr. Matiangi further reiterated the commitment by the government to scale up development activities within the County and to a larger extent the Coastal region in order to open up business and employment opportunities for the people of the respective counties.
“Kwale County is strategically placed as a tourist hub for this country and as such the government will do what it takes to tame criminal elements and activities which may disrupt peace thereby affecting the tourism sector,” posed the CS, urging all the departments to work together.
He implored the youth to shun people who instigate ethnic tensions among the different communities in the county while revealing government’s intention to invest heavily on the young people through different development oriented initiatives.
Kwale County Governor Salim Mvurya affirmed the County’s commitment to work with the national government. As such the County has experienced tremendous development activities ranging from construction of roads to establishment of technical institutions.
“We will continue to work to create more employment opportunities and counter insecurity related vices within,” said the Governor.
He further posited that in a bid to ensure stakeholders are informed, the County has invested in education in order to ensure 100 per cent transition. Through the same initiative, thousands of students have been sponsored up to higher education both in Kenya and internationally.
KSG Matuga Campus Deputy Director Dr. Florence Kithinji said the School will continuously support both levels of government to spur economic growth in the country through capacity building at various levels in the Public Service.
She said that capacity building will translate to improved performance hence contributing to acceleration of the government development agenda.
In attendance was the Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata, who led a host of County Security Chiefs and other Government Administrators.