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Operation Usalama Watch

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President Uhuru Kenyatta at Kenya Police Training Graduation  President Uhuru Kenyatta at Kenya Police Training Graduation

Ongoing security operations in the country especially in Nairobi and Mombasa come both as good and bad news to Kenyans. The operation is being carried out by the government to weed out terrorists who may be hiding in the country waiting for an appropriate opportunity to launch their attacks.

Following terror attacks in the country, the police have been on high alert. In Nairobi, especially Eastleigh, security operations have been very vigorous with several suspects ending up in custody. A recent swoop saw Police detain 447 suspects, including refugees, for further questioning after they were arrested in Nairobi. 

Most of those in custody are illegal immigrants most of who had unauthenticated documents. Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo said Operation Usalama Watch was launched in Nairobi on April 1 and would spread to other parts of the country. He said the aim of the operation is to detect illegal immigrants, arrest and prosecute persons suspected of engaging in terrorist activities, identify places harbouring criminals and contain and prevent general acts of crime and lawlessness.

The latest move by the Kenyan government has seen 82 Somali nationals deported to Mogadishu, in an ongoing operation on illegal immigrants.  Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku defended the move saying that Somalia Ambassador to Kenya accompanied also supported it and even went a step further to accompany the deportees back to their home country. 

101 suspects are being held at Kasarani and police boss David Kimaiyo has gazetted Kasarani as a police station to enhance the operation. Several refugees have also been repatriated back to their camps. It is reported that most of them do not have documents and cannot communicate both in English and Kiswahili.

But even as operation Usalama watch continues, Security chiefs are meeting on Monday to discuss the state of the security in the country.. The meeting called by the Interior ministry will see all county police commanders and county commissioners converge at the Kenya School of Government in Kabete to discuss the problem. The meeting seeks, among other issues, to discuss terror threats and crime in general and come up with steps to address them. 

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