Ruto leads de­struc­tion of 5,250 il­licit firearms in Ka­ji­ado

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Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto yes­ter­day asked politi­cians not to politi­cise national se­cu­rity is­sues.

He said se­cu­rity mat­ters are at the heart of the na­tion’s well-be­ing and sovereignty should be left to those con­cerned.

The DP spoke in Ngong dur­ing the burn­ing of 5,250 il­le­gal firearms.

Ruto (pic­tured) said is­sues of se­cu­rity tran­scend party pol­i­tics, adding that no one should in­tro­duce pol­i­tics in the man­age­ment of the coun­try’s se­cu­rity for political mileage.

He said, “Let us not gam­ble with our lives by in­tro­duc­ing par­ti­san games in the man­age­ment of se­cu­rity.”

The Deputy Pres­i­dent said the Kenyan Defence Forces de­ployed to peace­keep­ing mis­sions out­side the coun­try risk their lives for the safety of the coun­try and they de­serve re­spect and hon­our.

“The Pres­i­dent’s de­ci­sion on national se­cu­rity mat­ters is not mi­nor, what­ever de­ci­sion he makes is well-con­sid­ered,” he said.

“The de­ci­sion taken by the Com­man­der-in-Chief on South Su­dan was well-ex­e­cuted.”

The DP said Kenya’s se­cu­rity per­son­nel are well trained and have served with dis­tinc­tion in many parts of the world.

They could not have been de­ployed for any peace­keep­ing mis­sion just to gain ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ruto said Kenya’s se­cu­rity per­son­nel are ex­pe­ri­enced.

“They put their lives on the line to pro­tect their moth­er­land. They do not go to peace mis­sions to get al­lowances or for mone­tary gains. What they go for is a mat­ter of life and death.”

The DP said the chal­lenges the coun­try faces with se­cu­rity had been con­tained. He ex­pressed con­fi­dence the coun­try will not go back to a state of in­se­cu­rity again.

Ruto an­nounced the de­struc­tion of 5,250 dif­fer­ent il­licit firearms, say­ing their con­tin­ued pres­ence in wrong hands is a recipe for crime. He said, “Armed violence, com­mu­nity con­flicts, cat­tle rustling, poach­ing and vi­o­lent crime are what make il­licit arms danger­ous.”

Ruto praised com­mu­nity ef­forts aimed at se­cur­ing the coun­try, say­ing such ef­forts would help con­tain drug traf­fick­ing, hu­man traf­fick­ing and piracy, which he said is fu­elled by the pres­ence of il­le­gal firearms.

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