The Principal Secretary in the State Department of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Dr. Karanja Kibicho, has expressed confidence in the effectiveness of Boarder Management Committees in a bid to end cross boarder illegal undertakings.
The PS has indicated that the officers managing border interactions have the uphill task of ensuring that illegal trade hampering the country’s economic growth is thwarted. As such, he said, they help in safeguarding the nation’s interest by barring entry of counterfeits which is a federal and state crime. Dr. Kibicho was addressing Border Control and Operation Coordination Committee (BCOCC) members who had gathered at the Kenya School of Government for a two day sensitization workshop.
Earlier on, the National Administration Secretary, Mr. Arthur Asiya, had told the officers that border management is increasingly under threat from cross-border vulnerabilities including terrorism, transnational crimes, wildlife crimes, environmental degradation, disease transmission, human trafficking/smuggling and proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
He said that effective border management is critical not only to Kenya but to the Eastern Africa region considering that its security continues to suffer from sustained high level security threats. This, he indicated, also led to the formation of the Committees. Mr. Asiya urged the officers to be more vigilant as the region, in general, and Kenya, in particular, continues to suffer from terrorist attacks along its borders. Mr. Asiya expressed concern that if unchecked, such attacks pose negative impacts on tourism and paves way for contraband goods to flood the local market.
By Nuria Doyo