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Nkaissery takes office as new Interior Cabinet Secretary

Major General (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery formally took over his new role as the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government on Wednesday afternoon, with a warning to security agents to  “take a walk” if they are not ready to help secure the country.

Nkaissery, a former ODM Member of Parliament, also broke ranks with this party’s stand on the recently enacted controversial Security Laws (Amendment) Bill, insisting the new law is meant to secure Kenyans and their properties.

“I will be mean in discussing our security strategy especially in regard to tackling terrorism, but the new Security bill offers us a frame work with which to secure our country. This law is meant to secure Kenyans,” the former Kajiado North MP said.

“But I wish to urge Kenyans not to succumb to the terrorists threats. These people want us to live in fear and not enjoy our rights and freedoms,” he added.

Earlier, Nkaissery was sworn in at State House, Nairobi, in a brief ceremony that was attended by among others President Uhuru Kenyatta and security chiefs. Nkaissery, who replaces Joseph Ole Lenku in this role, has also resigned in his role as a legislator.