Uhuru Reveals His Biggest Mistake as President
President Uhuru Kenyatta has revealed the biggest mistake his government made in the last three years at the helm of the country’s leadership.
During an interview with the press on Tuesday, the President was asked to describe his worst regret, which he said was taking too long to reorganise security systems in the country that led to rampant insecurity.
“It took longer than it should have to do the reorganisation that we did in the security forces. I would say that we should have done that a little earlier,” he stated.
The Head of State indicated that restructuring the country’s security personnel bore fruit since Kenya had seen improvement in the ability to deal with terrorism and other major crimes.
“I think that was something that ultimately once we did it and we got a new team and greater co-operation amongst the security actors that has resulted in us now seeing the kind of positive impact in terms of improved levels of security,” Mr Kenyatta explained.
On the issue of the challenges faced, President Kenyatta said that implementing the new system of government under the new Constitution was a major hurdle.
In 2014, former Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku and former Inspector General David Kimaiyo came under fire after numerous insecurity cases, with the heat extending to the President.
During Kimaiyo and Lenku’s time, the country experienced one of the worst attacks where terrorists killed 67 people at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. Under their watch, 21 police officers were massacred by bandits in Kapedo, Turkana County, including grenade attacks on City buses and one at the Gikomba market among others.
Consequently, Mr Kenyatta replaced the two with Retired General Joseph Nkaissery and Joseph Boinnet who have since overseen several reforms, including foiling several terror attacks and tackling radicalization.