Kenyans told the Taskforce that they do not feel sufficiently safe and secure. From those who represented victims of terrorism to others victimized by domestic terrorism, mistreatment at the hands of security personnel, and a lack of trust in policing, millions of Kenyans do not feel as secure as they should. As a result, the Taskforce observes, with great concern, that we will struggle to become a truly united and prosperous country if we do not have a security system that is responsive to the needs and rights of citizens, and that is trusted and embraced by them. 

Besides threats from criminals and security agents, Kenyans also feel insecure from ethnically instigated civil strife, severe weather events, natural and man-made disasters, and aggressive external militia. 

Towards safety and security, the Task Force wishes to state the following: 

1. All Kenyan lives matter. The value of every Kenyans life is the same across every part of the county and every death must be treated with equal seriousness. We must put a stop to the fact that there are different consequences in various parts of the country. A life lost to murder in the poverty-stricken Loima and Mathare should receive equal prevention, investigation, and prosecutorial attention as one in a wealthy Nairobi suburb. 

2. Recognizing that security is for the protection of citizens, we need to move our thinking from National Security to Human Security. To do so, our security policies and strategies must be developed after consultation with all Kenyan and must take into account their views on their safety. 

3. To ensure that safety and security is prioritized on government programs, require every incoming President to publish his national safety and security strategies and to give regular updates on them. 

4. Develop and operationalize a national emergency, disaster, and crisis management strategy in every country, sub-county, and ward. 

5. Promulgate the law contemplated by Article 208 for the operation of a Contingencies Fund. 

6. Prevent communal resource conflicts by ensuring that County boundaries are drawn to maximize the sharing of water and pasture, among other resources. 

7. Protect Kenyans from harmful foodstuffs and medicines by strengthening food and medicine safety supervision. 

8. Mainstream and coordinate the prevention of radicalization and violent extremism initiatives in the Ministries responsible for health, education, youth, culture, and heritage, as well as other relevant governmental bodies. 

9. Ensure the Victim Protection Trust Fund is operationalized and that it pays special attention to the victims of terrorism whose victimization is directly intended to intimidate all Kenyans and our political, social and religious choices 

10. Strengthen our cybersecurity capabilities to match the increasing reliance on technology in Kenya. 

11. Review diplomatic relations with states that sponsor terrorism and all forms of violent extremism. 

12. Help private security companies to professionalize their services and to integrate with national security agencies in their work. 

13. Assess the performance of police officers through Kenya Performance Indicators that rely on crime statistics and citizen perceptions of police work. 

14. As a matter of priority, provide mental health care for police officers with particular attention being paid to those working under dangerous circumstances or mentally exerting conditions. 

15. Redress boundary conflicts across Kenya by setting up ad hoc commissions or task force to address each boundary conflict through research and consultation. 

16. Ensure whistleblowers are protected by providing for their anonymity so that their identity is never disclosed. Where a whistleblower is a witness, their security must be guaranteed during the court process and thereafter. 

17. All new roads must be designed with sidewalks for the protection of pedestrians. 

18. Teach conflict resolution and mediation in primary and secondary schools.  

19. Prioritize combatting gender and sexual violence by focusing and resourcing specific policing and prevention measures against sexual and gender-based violence. 

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