The County Government of Busia has launched an action plan to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism.
Speaking during the launch, Governor Sospeter Ojaamong said the move is in the right direction to protect Busia residents and Kenyans.
Ojaamong said unemployment has led youths to engage in all manner of illegal activities.
He said there is need for both arms of government to work together and support the action plan to realize its objectives of rejecting violent extremism and ideologies.
“The other objective is to deny opportunities for terrorist groups to radicalize and recruit in Kenya; this can be achieved through training of the youths. We need to promote patriotism,” he said.
Ojaamong said Busia County which borders Uganda has not encountered any terrorism.
He cautioned residents against helping aliens who have bad motives to gain entry into Kenya.
Busia being a multi-ethnic County, the Governor promised to work hand in hand with the County Commissioner to ensure Busia is secured.
He said the national government has transferred many sensitive functions like health, roads and ECDE to counties with very little money.
“We pray the Intergovernmental relations will solve this teething challenge, lest many people will fear to contest the governorship in future elections for fear of being bashed by residents,” he said.
County Commissioner Jacob Narengo said in as much as security is a national government function, when it comes to the effects of countering violent extremism, solutions start from the grassroots.
“If things will get out of hand due to terrorism, it will affect all county residents. We need to shun terrorism,” he said.