Speaking on Thursday, December 17, during the launch of NSTS at Embakasi Garrison in Nairobi County, President Kenyatta stated that the new parastatal will enhance co-ordination of security activities and operations, allow real-time information exchange, and allow our security agencies to better deal with emerging threats in the realms of cybercrime.
He commended NSTS’s Board of Directors led by its Chairman, Chief of Defence Forces, General Robert Kibochi, for setting up the platform in a record six months.
â€œI would like to thank all our Security Agencies; the Kenya Defence Forces, the National Police Service, the National Intelligence Service, the Kenya Prisons Service, the Kenya Wildlife Service, the Kenya Forest Service, and the Kenya Coast Guard Services, as well as the National Government Administrative Offices for their cooperation on this mission,â€ the President said.
With the new integrated system, the military, police, intelligence and other security services will be able to communicate more effectively at both intra-agency and inter-agency levels.
â€œThis communication system is yet another strand in the golden thread of greater synergies and closer cooperation between Kenyaâ€™s security agencies; who now operate under a Multi-Agency framework,â€ the President noted.
Defence CS Monica Juma, in whose docket the new agency rests, said NSTS will eliminate the risk of the countryâ€™s security being compromised due to the utilization of porous commercial communication networks.
â€œThe actualization of the concept of National Security Telecommunication Services network is a key milestone in providing a synchronized communication network of security agencies that will enable them combat threats against our national security. This will enhance the safety of our nation and security of our people,â€ she explained.
Chief of Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi noted that the new network is a critical milestone in the modernization of Kenya’s security sector saying the service will enhance the security and safety of the nation and its citizens.
â€œThis telecommunication service will deliver secure communication for our security agencies, national government, administrative offices and our diplomatic missions abroad creating interconnectivity of voice, data and video conferencing,â€ General Kibochi said.
Before the establishment of the new platform, each of the countryâ€™s security formations was using their own telecommunication network, an arrangement the President explained led to duplication of infrastructure and made cross-agency communication difficult.
Speaking to the staff of NSTS, the Uhuru stated that the new platform will help address the challenge of geographical penetration faced by some of the individual agency’s networks.
He said NSTS will provide secure communications to the countryâ€™s foreign missions as well as security teams operating outside the country.