IG decries weak bio-security laws

Benard Gitau @benagitau

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has expressed concerns over the  inefficient and weak biosecurity laws in the country. He said the country is not immune to bio-terrorism which remains a national security threat.

“Globally, in this era, we are not immune to  bio-terrorism but our national security team remains alert to deter and intercept such threat,” he said.

The police boss added that National Police Service (NPS) will build capacity of police officers and members of the public in the fight against bioterrorism.

“We are cognisant of bio-terrorism threat facing our nation though the country does not have enough laws and regulations that we would wish to have,  we remain alert of such eventuality, “ added Boinnet.

The fight against bioterrorism he said remains the country’s top priority citing state of art forensic laboratory which  will be officially opened by the end of this year.

“The laboratory is complete but we are equipping it and it might be operational by the end of this year.  This is part of wider scheme by the government to address issue of bioterrorism and other crimes, “ said Boinnet.

He spoke when rewarding  30 police officers ,who  intercepted a powerful Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) in Merti, Isiolo   for exemplary work.

The VBIED and other explosives were to be used in attacking a court, Parliament and a church in simultaneous incidents.

The suspects behind the incident had driven with the bombs from Somalia and planned to attack government buildings and release a terror suspect currently facing various charges.

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