Monday May 19 2014

Regional MPs to hold talks on security


MPs from East African Community partner states and other stakeholders are planning to hold a conference in Arusha, Tanzania to deliberate on strategies to contain security threats and transform societies in the region.
The two-day meeting which starts on Friday, comes at a time when Kenya is battling with a string of bomb attacks blamed on al-Shabaab militants from Somalia.

They are blamed for many deadly attacks, including one on Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi last September that killed 67 people.
“The conference is expected to analyse the emerging security priorities, needs and challenges in the region and discuss the feasibility of a new vision on regional security and sustainable and peaceful coexistence,” a statement issued at the weekend by the East African Legislative Assembly, reads in part.

Key issues
The conference, dubbed the East African Societies and Regional Security will also address, among other areas, the pressures of migration, persisting refugees and the Internally Displaced People question, dilemma of citizenship as well as the ever-changing demographic profiles.
According to the organisers, East African societies have transformed greatly since the transition to pluralist politics in the early to mid-1990s.
In preparation of the fconference, a media sensitisation workshop was held in Nairobi last week.

It attracted journalists from all the five EAC member countries.
In his remarks, Mr John Githongo, the chief executive officer of Inuka ni Sisi Trust and a former Permanent Secretary of Governance and Ethics in Kenya, said media should continue effectively shaping perceptions and advocacy in peace and security.