The University Community played host to key stakeholders from the Diplomats, to government officials to members of the civil society and the general public in a symposium that discussed ways of countering terrorism and keeping Kenya and the entire region safe. The event took place at the Main Campus 8-4-4 Building on Thursday, May, 7, 2015.
Chief Guest, Dr. Ambassador, Monica Juma noted that the economic development of Kenya is threatened by the threats of terrorism. Radicalization of the youthful populace not only demoralizes the state agencies but terrorism as a whole is on the verge of splitting Kenya. Her recommendation was joining forces with the international community to fight terrorism together. She urged the state agencies to work at predicting terror attacks than responding to attacks and by doing that Kenya will be moving in the right direction towards winning the war on terror.
“We must be ahead of communication by terrorists”, she said. She challenged the academia to carry out research on terrorism concentrating their efforts on; the new Kenya and the new constitution, the position of Kenya in the global security landscape, emerging threats such as radicalization of the youth, migration of Somali refugees and institutional reforms.
Speaking during the event, University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi noted that countering terrorism requires a collective effort of key stakeholders like the media, religious leaders, think tanks, the academia, the civil society, government and the international community to eradicate the menace. Prof. Mbithi noted that a lot of resources is being channelled towards security operations, the same could be channelled in our development agenda and hence achieving faster economic growth.
Also present during the event was the Cabinet Secretary for Defence, Ambassador, Dr. Rachael Omamo who noted that the war on terror will be won when Kenyans keep their values. “We as a people need to put value on Kenya. Our value system is weak and hence the struggle to win the war on terror”, she said.
Other key government officials present during the symposium include Attorney General Prof. Githu Muigai , National Intelligence Director, Mr. Ndegwa Muhoho. Also present includes the entire University Management Board, staff and students.