Security, peace Building and Conflict Management

“A nation of peace and stability; a society free from danger and fear”

Security is the foundation of good governance, individual social welfare and economic development. The pre-requisites of security are peace and elimination of conflict. However, the 2007 post-election crisis demonstrated to Kenyans that peace and security cannot be taken for granted. There is empirical evidence to demonstrate that insecurity increases the cost of doing business in Kenya. Consequently, in order to effectively implement the first phase of Vision 2030, it will be necessary for Kenya to build a strong and sustainable framework for peace and security, and to ensure that all internal conflicts and differences are resolved within the boundaries of the law.

Vision 2030 aims at providing “security of all persons and property throughout the Republic”. The overall ambition for the security sector under “Vision 2030” is “a society free from danger and fear”. The Government is determined to improve security in order to attract investment, lower the cost of doing business and to provide Kenyans with a more secure living and working environment. 

Specific strategies will involve:

  • promoting public-private cooperation and civilian/community involvement for improved safety and security;
  • Deepening policy, legal and institutional reform for improved enforcement of law and order;
  • Promoting national and inter-community dialogue in order to build harmony among ethnic, racial and other interest groups;
  • Promoting peace building and reconciliation to improve conflict management and ensure sustained peace within the country;
  • Inculcating a culture of respect for the sanctity of human life that does not resort to the use of violence as an instrument of resolving personal and community disputes. This should start with the family, schools, the church and all public institutions.
  • Reducing the police to population ratio to recommended UN standards; will be supported by accelerated reforms in the judiciary
  • Adopting information and communication technology (ICT) in crime detection and prevention; enhancing police training and use of modern equipment in law enforcement. The country will also implement reforms in the prison service, starting with reduction of the number of suspects in remand homes, improved training and working conditions for prison staff; and a reorientation of the service to correctional activities.

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