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Security At Kenyan Airports To Be Enhanced
Other members present were Deputy President William Ruto; the heads of the Kenya Defence Forces, the Kenya Police Service, the National Intelligence Agency; as well as the Cabinet Secretaries of the Ministries of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government, of Defence, of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and of the Treasury.
The NSC discussed the security situation in the country, before identifying increased radicalisation and persistent conflicts among pastoral communities as key areas of immediate concern.
It paid particular attention to the threat posed by centres of radicalisation, particularly Masjid Musa and Sakina Mosques in Mombasa and Pumwani Riyadha Mosque in Nairobi.
It noted that extremism had severely compromised the political, economic and social fabric of the nation and recommended measures to address economic hardships, and, in particular, measures to engage youth in paid employment.
The NSC discussed inter-communal conflicts in Marsabit, Mandera, Tana River, Turkana, West Pokot, Samburu, Baringo, Taita Taveta, Kitui and Isiolo counties.
It encouraged peace-building mechanisms, including the engagement of leaders at the highest levels in the affected areas.
The NSC also approved the construction of an integrated security screening facility on the approach to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Once implemented, the project will be the coordinating point for the outer perimeter intruder detection security systems, the protection of the Kenya Pipeline Corporation's jet fuel depot, and for the security operations base camp's protection against the threat of man operated Anti-Aircraft Devices (MANPADS) on low-flying aircraft.
The NSC discussed the conflict in neighbouring South Sudan and expressed its deep concern about the escalating military activities, which violate the cessation of hostilities agreement.
It encouraged the parties of South Sudan to treat the talks in Addis Ababa with due seriousness, and to fully recognise the grave cost of inertia to the civilians of South Sudan. It also urged the African Union (AU) Commission of Inquiry to open discussions to with a view to ensuring that humanitarian corridors remain open to refugees fleeing the conflict.
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