Kenya, Tanzania blame youth radicalization on rise of terrorist activities
NAIROBI — Kenyan and Tanzanian government on Wednesday blamed radicalization of youth for increased cases of terrorism activities in the East Africa region.
Outgoing Tanzania High Commissioner to Kenya, Batilda Burian said her country would work closely with Kenya in combating terrorism among other criminal activities.
“There is need for our two countries to work together in combating terrorism activities which are increasingly becoming a threat to development of East Africa Community,” Burian said during a meeting with Deputy President William Ruto in Nairobi.
She said Tanzania was saddened by the recent Garissa attack where 148 people were killed.
“We wish to assure you of our support as you intensify the fight against this heinous act of lawlessness. We are standing with you,” she said.
Speaking during the meeting, Ruto said Kenya has intensified efforts in the fight against terrorism, noting that the global challenge needed concerted efforts to containing it.
“We have to work together as countries in our region to eliminate terrorism activities for the sake of peace and development,” Ruto said.
The police have stepped up security surveillance across the country following intelligence reports that Somali militant group Al-Shabaab are planning to carry out retaliatory terror attacks in the East African nation.
Security forces have increased surveillance measures in key installations, private and public places, and urged the public to exercise caution while dealing with people with ulterior motives.
Meanwhile, the deputy president also said the integration of EAC has strengthened relations among its member countries, noting that it has created prosperity for the region. Ruto said Kenya and Tanzania have enjoyed good working relations, especially in the field of trade.
“There is mutual benefit among citizens of the two countries as far as business activities are concerned. It is our responsibility as ambassadors and governments to strengthen our relations to improve the living standards among our people,” he said.
He added that the World Trade Organization (WTO) forum will be held in November in the country, noting that it would be an opportunity for communities in East Africa to exploit their trade potentiality.
“This will be an opportunity for us as a region to host other world nations to further our agenda on development and governance, ” Ruto said.