President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned leaders who fuel inter-clan conflicts and blame it on terrorism that the Government will not tolerate them.
On Wednesday, June 9, 2021, the President said that he will never allow leaders and individuals to use the name of Al-Shabaab to continue inter-clan animosities and conflicts.
The Head of Htate was speaking at the Regional Traffic Police Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County, where he presided over the burning of 5,144 illegal firearms as well as obsolete state-owned small arms and light weapons.
“We intend to fight and we have fought Al-Shabaab. But we do not and will never allow leaders and individuals to use the name of Al-Shabaab to continue inter-clan animosities and conflicts,” Uhuru stated.
Uhuru also emphasised on the importance of peaceful resolution of conflicts through dialogue, saying that a peaceful Kenya and a united Kenya is for the good of all of us.
“A peaceful Kenya, a united Kenya is for the good of all of us. And that can only be achieved if we work together and find peaceful solutions through dialogue and through conversations which we, as a Government are more than happy to engage all Kenyan citizens.
“Because at the end of the day, the security of our nation is not just our collective responsibility but also our individual responsibility,” Uhuru said.
The President further asked citizens in possession of illegal firearms to surrender them to the Government authorities under the Government’s amnesty programme. He warned culprits of dire consequences should they ignore his directive.
“An illegal gun makes you less safe, not
more. An illegal gun, no matter your good intentions, makes you a criminal and
liable to face the full force of the law,” President Kenyatta said.
The President called on all Kenyans to let the authorities know about any information of illicit weapons in their communities.
“Such small efforts will bring peaceful days to you, your
children, and your grandchildren in the future,” the President said.