As Kenyans, we have to agree that over the past several years there have been minimal attacks in the country. The most high profile incident we can all recall in history is the Westgate attack. While there have been other terror attacks in the country, we should credit the achievements made in counter-terrorism to measures taken by the Kenyan government.
There have been multiple notable initiatives in intelligence gathering and terrorism prevention. These range from the popular Nyumba Kumi program to other covert operation by the national intelligence body. Further, the government has increased the budget allocated to these efforts proving its commitment to fighting terror. All of these operations collectively integrate to form a force that has managed to keep Al Shabaab at bay for a while.
In the DusitD2 Attack security agencies collectively managed to rescue over 700 hostages which demonstrated the fruits of the measures taken by the Kenyan government towards counter-terrorism — besides, the cabinet secretary for internal security, CS. Matiang’i addressed the nation during the attack which served to calm citizens further showing coordination on the government’s side.
Another notable state gain in counter-terrorism is in the war in Somalia. The government of Kenya joined other Amisom forces in fighting the scourge north of its border. Prior to the war, the terrorist had easy access to the country through the North Eastern side of the border. In fact, Al Shabaab had so much control around the region that they would stage regular attacks on institutions and residents along the border towns. For example in Mandera residents had to leave due to the state of insecurity in the area. However, the war has been relatively successful considering the gross reduction in guerrilla attacks and the institution of a government in Somalia.
An essential aspect of the war in Somalia is returnees. These are local youths that have surrendered to the Kenyan government. They were lured into the organization using false promises and the government understood their situation. Hence the Kenyan police promised any returnee amnesty and rehabilitation. Consequently, the government has been helping with the recovery of these youth in various institutions.