LAXITY IN CROSS BORDER SECURITY IN EAST AFRICA COMMUNITY COUNTRIES
From: Fuambo Janyandito
There are daily reports of car thefts near Kenya-Tanzania border, Burundi-Tanzania border, Rwanda-Tanzania border, Rwanda-Uganda border and Rwanda-Burundi border.
This seems to be coinciding with the noble initiative of opening up
borders within the region.
The signing of E A common market protocol does not mean the national security law enforcement and customs agencies should go to sleep.
Why should vehicles pass through border posts without security personnel confirming the ownership and relationship of the driver and the vehicle when vehicles are crossing borders?
Thugs are already taking advantage of this laxity and a vehicle stolen in Isiolo, Kenya can easily cross Uganda into the thin air of Congo.
The national governments should not let security personnel hide under free movement, as they plan together with the thugs, to prey on unsuspecting East Africans.
A Tanzanian in Kenya should always be ready to explain why he is in Kenya, and vice versa, and the public should be trained to promptly report strangers who are neither employed nor doing business. Without harrassing such fellow East Africans who could be visiting, they should be tracked closely.
Security within the community should be well thought out so that new avenues for crime are blocked.