Let’s fight terrorism together, Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa urges Great Lakes States
Written by Obed Simiyu
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Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa has urged the Great Lakes member states to work together to fight terrorism within the region for economic growth.
Speaking during the opening of the Trans National workshop in Nairobi on Tuesday, Mr. Wamalwa said that terrorism was a real threat to the political and socio-economic growth of the region and that concerted efforts by all the member state was vital.
He said Kenya has made great steps in fighting terrorism by passing vital laws noting that his ministry and other line ministries are working towards creating a safe environment for Kenyans.
However, he said only one bill was yet to be signed into law.
“As the Justice Minister, I wish to tell Kenyans that we have made very great strides only that we are remaining with the Anti-terrorism Bill which is before the cabinet. I urge all Kenyans and members of parliament to support it once it is tabled on the floor of the House,” he said.
Mr. Wamalwa also said that the 11 great lakes member States meeting in Nairobi had agreed on to work as a team to fight terrorist noting that all have shown great optimism that the region will be terror free.
“We have all agreed that terrorism does not recognize boundaries, knows no tribe or religion and spares nobody thus need to hunt down those characters who want to create disorder in our region,” he said.
He further said Kenya has passed laws that allow her to cooperate with other nations to fight terrorism citing the recent cooperation between the Kenyan government and Tanzania and Germany to nub terrorists after attacks in Nairobi, Mombasa and other areas in Kenya.