GLOBAL PROBLEM

Vihiga residents advised to watch out for radicalisation

Administrator says violent extremism is a global problem that needs collectives efforts to eradicate

In Summary
  • The official was speaking during a County Engagement Forum where she asked parents to keenly monitor their children’s behaviour all the time.

  • Paul Songok, a National Counter Terrorism Centre official, said they were liaising with other stakeholders to pass messages on terrorism.

Security officers on patrol inside the Boni Forest in Lamu.
DANGEROUS: Security officers on patrol inside the Boni Forest in Lamu.
Image: CHETI PRAXIDES

Residents of Vihiga county have been advised to monitor the activities of their children to avoid their being recruited into radical groups.

Vihiga subcounty deputy county commissioner Florence Sitawa said violent extremism is a global problem hence the need for concerted efforts to curb the menace.

The DCC spoke during a county engagement forum where she asked parents to keenly monitor their children’s behaviour all the time so that they are not recruited into terrorism activities.

Paul Songok, a National Counter Terrorism Centre official, said they were liaising with other stakeholders, including teachers, religious leaders and administrators to pass messages on terrorism while executing their duties.

He said although young people were the most targeted, everyone is a potential prey for the perpetrators.

“The terrorists are always changing their tact and they are now harnessing technology and social media platforms to spread their doctrines and tangle goodies to woo their targets,” he said.

 

(edited by Amol Awuor)

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