Friday, September 27, 2013

Why we must reform security agencies now

Friday, September 27, 2013

Why we must reform security agencies now

A KDF officer leaves the Westgate mall aboard an armoured vehicle on September 25, 2013. Photo/DENISH OCHIENG

A KDF officer leaves the Westgate mall aboard an armoured vehicle on September 25, 2013. Photo/DENISH OCHIENG
A KDF officer leaves the Westgate mall aboard an armoured vehicle on September 25, 2013. Photo/DENISH OCHIENG

By MUTUMA RUTEREMore by this Author
Last weekend’s attack on the Westgate Mall is a catastrophic reminder that the threat of terrorism still prowls the country.
In the last several months, there has been a drop in violent attacks in northern Kenya, possibly lulling us into a false sense of security.
Westgate is a reminder that Kenya remains a soft target for international terrorists. As a country that has waged war against al-Shabaab in Somalia, we may forget that we are top on the list of the terror group’s target.
Kenya has done little to address the threat, even in the face of the evidence that al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda would retaliate against the military onslaught into Somalia.
Analysts, political leaders and the public have raised critical questions on the preparedness and effectiveness of our security agencies in preventing and dealing with such attacks.
There is no question that the mall attack represents a failure of intelligence or failure to act on intelligence both in Kenya and globally. Forensic audit of those failures will certainly be done in various world capitals. Whether Kenya will take a serious evaluation of these blunders and take measures to prevent a repeat is what is critical.
Obviously, it is too early and the pain too fresh for any of us to rush to judgment on what went wrong. From the outset, the selfless dedication and commitment to save lives by security officers was exemplary.
Officers who rushed into the mall and endured the horror are some of the least paid and least appreciated public servants. Their heroism and humanity should not be glossed over even as the inevitable and necessary questions are raised over how this kind of attack could have been executed in the most watched malls in the country.
Parliament has pledged to open an inquiry, and hopefully, that will provide the much-needed insight into security lapses. However, as we await that inquiry, it is important to caution that temptation to rush to judgment against any single institution, whether the National Intelligence Service or the Kenya Police Service, should be avoided.
The study of disasters has shown that no single mistake is usually responsible for catastrophic flops. It is often the cumulative consequences of many institutional weaknesses and failures that often cascade into large scale death and destruction.
It will be remembered that the 2009 Ransley Report on police reforms underscored the need to invest in intelligence-led policing, better intelligence sharing between agencies and improvements to make intelligence into clear and useful basis to stop or prevent crime.
Beyond this, a more forward-looking assessment of the country’s preparedness in addressing security threats is necessary.
In particular, there is need to pay close attention and breathe new life into the unfinished business of reforms. There is a view gaining currency that police reforms may be losing steam with the leadership lost in bureaucratic sideshows. Since the death of (Cabinet Minister) George Saitoti, government reforms do not seem to have any effective salesperson.
Wrongly, there is sometimes a perception that police reforms is merely about accountability and punishing rogue officers. In reality, the bulk of the reforms proposed by the Ransley Report are about improving effectiveness of the police to fulfil their mandate professionally.
The Criminal Investigations Department remains woefully underfunded and the re-skilling of officers to prepare them for intelligence-led police has not yet been undertaken. In the absence of an investment into creation of a 21st century police service, temptation to resort to crude force appears to be creeping back.
In addition, we need to revisit the country’s counter-terrorism strategy. There have been some suggestions that a community policing approach will correct some of the weaknesses and plug some gaps in intelligence gathering on terror threats. Community policing is now secured in the legislation as the preferred approach.
However, community policing remains something everybody likes, but no one knows how it looks like. Arming neighbourhood watches is not community policing as some suggest. Nor is recruitment of crime spotters by police. There is need to put flesh onto the bones of the legislation and policy, spelling out what community policing is.
It is also time to open the debate on Parliamentary oversight in security. So far, security agencies have largely operated in secrecy, choosing to designate virtually everything as secret and classified.
In a democracy like ours, security cannot be entirely left in the hands of experts within the police. A mechanism needs to be put in place to ensure that the respective parliamentary committee has the security clearance to see some of the intelligence gathered by police and the NIS. This calls for a system of classification of intelligence with appropriate penalties to deter leaders who may be tempted to play partisan politics with classified information.
Even after many warnings regarding Westgate and indeed other soft targets, it is clear we have not done anything significant beyond the routine checks by guards on entry.
It is obvious to most people accessing such places that unless one is carrying a conspicuous object openly labelled “bomb”, it is impossible for the checks by guards to discover concealed explosives.
The public and parliamentary scrutiny trained on the police and intelligence services overlooks the role of private security guards who are, in fact, in the frontline in securing shopping malls and other public places. The private security industry operates without regulations on training and little is done to ascertain the background of the guards. Arming private security guards, as some analysts and political leaders have suggested, should be considered.
Moreover, it is obvious that even gun-toting guards could not have stopped attackers as heavily armed as those who raided the mall. Regrettably, the Private Security Industry Regulation Bill prepared by the defunct Police Reforms Implementation Committee in 2010 has never found its way into Parliament.
The lessons of the Westgate tragedy also point to the critical role landlords play in security as they determine who can and who cannot access their premises. Rightly, security agencies need to investigate the Westgate Mall tenants.
The more important issue, however, is to regulate tenancy and purchase of properties. Currently, there are no requirements for landlords to conduct background checks on prospective tenants. Anyone with money can let property virtually anywhere without tripping any security alerts.
Investment in data collection, scrutiny and verification of every prospective tenant should be seen as central to the counter-terrorism strategy.
This is not the role of the police or intelligence, but rather county governments. Those who assume that county governments do not have security functions because they don’t control police confuse police for security and institutions for outcomes.
It is important to remember that terrorist attacks have been taking place in many parts of northern Kenya. Eastleigh and the Coast province have also suffered attacks most of last year.
For a country that is so vulnerable and with such a high incidence of attacks, it is remarkable that data, research and analysis of this violence remains limited.
Institutions such as the National Crime Research Centre that have the mandate to provide leadership in research and analysis on crime have failed.
Of course, and as we have come to expect, our universities have nothing to say about these contemporary security problems and the less said about their relevance the better.
Unfortunately, without analysis and thinking on safety measures located outside the security agencies, we are unlikely to see any new thinking in dealing with our security problems.
As the great science philosopher Thomas Kuhn wrote, ‘paradigm-shifting ideas do not come from veterans in any field but from those on the outside or newcomers.’
To expect security agencies to boldly reform themselves is to fundamentally misunderstand human nature and behaviour. No one will reform themselves into irrelevance.
Dr Mutuma Ruteere writes on security issues.

Leaked NIS document details terrorist plots of an attack in Nairobi between September 13 and 21

Updated Friday, September 27th 2013 at 22:37 GMT +3
Director General of NIS Major General Michael Gichangi in deep thought during a past national ceremony. He is due to appear before a House committee on Monday [PHOTO:COLLINS KWEYU/STANDARD]

An unprecedented leak of Intelligence briefings covering the past year paint the picture of a government fully informed of an impending Al Shabaab attack ahead of the Westgate massacre.
The leak, coming days before the National Intelligence Service ( NIS) Director General Michael Gichangi is grilled by MPs on Monday, appears to draw a line in the sand as accusations are traded over the responsibility for the attack in which at least 67 were killed.
The 8,800-word dossier details terrorist plots and other activities by the militant group, including a direct warning of a terror plot in Nairobi between September 13 and 21.
This is likely to be Gichangi’s line of defence when he appears before the Defence and Foreign Relations Committee. If Gichangi’s assertions cut ice, the tide could turn against other security organs and senior officials who must answer question as to what they did or did not with the Intelligence provided.
Intelligence gap
At a closed-door meeting of a joint committee of the House that is investigating the matter, the MPs admonished Gichangi for Intelligence gaps and security lapses that allowed terrorists to plan and execute the bloody attack.
Defence and Foreign Relations Committee chairman Ndung’u Gethenji said “it is now time for people to take responsibility and to audit our security system.”
The Intelligence leak claims that a security survey on key installations and shopping malls, including Westgate, essentially assessed their vulnerability to terrorist attacks and the requisite recommendations made.
Reports by NIS are normally shared with Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku and his PS Mutea Iringo, Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia (meaning President Uhuru Kenyatta must have been briefed), Inspector General David Kimaiyo and his two deputies and CID boss Ndegwa Muhoro.
NIS submitted a Situation Report dated September 21, 2002 — Serial No.184/2012 — which indicated that at least three suspected terrorists were in Nairobi planning suicide attacks on undisclosed dates.

“The following suspected Al Shabaab operatives are in Nairobi and are planning to mount suicide attacks on undisclosed date, targeting Westgate Mall and Holy Family Basilica; Sheikh Abdiwelli Mohamed, Sheikh Hussein and Sheikh Hassan. They are believed to be in possession of two suicide vests, twelve (12) hand grenades and two (2) AK47 rifles, and have already surveyed the two targets.”
“They are being assisted by Sheikh Hassan alias Blackie of Majengo and Omar Ahmed Ali alias Jerry who are currently staying near Mamba Petrol Station and Huruma Mosque along Juja Road,” the report said.

Political assassinations
The same report indicated that two suspected Al Shabaab terrorists of Somali origin had entered South Sudan through Djibouti, Eritrea and Sudan and were suspected to be in Uganda on transit to Kenya through either Busia or Malaba border points. The two were allegedly being assisted by Teskalem Teklemaryan, an Eritrean engineer who lives in Uganda and South Sudan.
The Intelligence report further advised that the duo had purchased one GPMG, four hand-grenades, one bullet belt, five AK 47 guns and unknown number of bulletproof jackets from Joseph Lomoro, an SPLA officer, and some maps of Nairobi.
The report further disclosed that one Maalim Khalid (also known as Maalim Kenya), a Kenyan explosives and martial arts expert, had been identified as the architect of current terrorist attacks in the country. Khalid, the report indicated, is associated with attacks at Machakos Country Bus, Assanands House in Nairobi and Bellavista Club in Mombasa.
He was reported to have selected 20 Kenyans in groups of 10, whom he trained at Marka and Barawe to drive, use of pistols and grenades, establish and utilise safe houses, escape and evasion tactics and effective and secure communication.
NIS’s advice to the government then was that Khalid was planning terrorist attacks in Kenya, aimed at damaging the economy, assassination of political and security leaders, and attacking Western interests and tourists.
“Elsewhere, the Al Shabaab is contemplating attacking Kenyan interests in other countries, starting with Zambia, but the timing, target and methods are still unclear. Kenyan interests anywhere in the world, therefore, remain the militant’s potential targets of attack as the Kenya Defence Forces and AMISOM exert pressure on them, and the imminent capture of Kismayu,” reads the report.
The report further established that an Al Shabaab operative, Musharaf Abdalla (also known as Zarkawi, Ali Abdalla, Musab, Shukri Abdirahman, Rashid, Noor Abdi Ismail, Alex Shikanda), who had been arrested on September 29, 2012 in Malindi, had disclosed that his associates were targeting Florida 2000, a club opposite Hilton Hotel (assessed to be Bettyz) and unidentified strip club near Nation Centre.
Changamwe refinery
Another NIS situation report dated November 9, 2012 —serial No 219/2012 — indicated that one Titus Amusibwa alias Maalim Khalid, a terrorist suspect linked to the Al Shabaab and who was arrested with arms at Mariakani on October 27, 2012, had been found with information indicating that the terror group intended to attack the Kenya Pipeline network. The planned attacks were meant to reinforce the one against Changamwe Oil Refinery for maximum damage.
Another Intelligence brief titled “Situation Report for 13.09.13 - Serial no. 178/2013” indicated that one Mohamed Ade, who is based in Kenya, sent fraudulent refugee documents to 15 Al Shabaab Amniyat operatives in Somalia in early September 2013 to enable them access refugee camps in Kenya and thereafter move to other parts of the country.
The cards, according to the reports, were handed to Abdullahi Dheere who would then pass them over to Aynanshe, the Al Shabaab Governor in Middle Juba.

The operatives, said the brief, had undergone a Swahili language course and were under the command of Moalin Ali and were to enter Kenya by mid-September this year.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Blame game over Westgate attack

A section of the Westgate Mall that collapsed during the final assault on suspected Al-Shabaab attackers by the Kenya security forces. PHOTO | KDF

In Summary

  • Inquiries by the Nation indicate that a coordinated rescue mission was badly delayed because of disputes between the Kenya Police and KDF officers commanding their units on the ground.
  • It took prolonged consultations that also involved State House before President Kenyatta publicly announced that Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo was in charge.

By NATION TEAMMore by this Author
Rivalry among security agencies and lack of clear command lines badly affected the response to the terrorist attack on the Westgate Mall, the Nation has established.
Jurisdictional differences appear to have extended to blame games among security agencies, as Kenya recovers from its worst terror attack since the 1998 bombing of the Embassy of the United States of America in Nairobi.
Various units of the Kenya Police and the Kenya Defence Forces played key roles in the rescue operation after a band of terrorists linked to Somalia-based Al-Shabaab attacked the shopping mall on Saturday and killed dozens before holding an unknown number hostage inside the up-market complex.
Inquiries by the Nation indicate that a coordinated rescue mission was badly delayed because of disputes between the Kenya Police and KDF officers commanding their units on the ground.
A reconstruction of the rescue mission indicates that a team from the Recce General Service Unit of the Kenya Police early in the rescue operation made its way into the mall and secured most of it, pinning down the terrorists at one end around Nakumatt Supermarket and Barclays Bank.
Rooftop parking
However, the team pulled out after its commander was fatally shot in ‘friendly fire’ following the arrival of a KDF unit.
Also pulling out at the same time was a small group of policemen from various units and armed civilians, who were the first to enter the mall from the rooftop parking and the front entrance and led hundreds of shoppers to safety.
The pullout left a vacuum that apparently allowed the terrorists to regroup and move through the mall slaughtering many captives.
It also allowed the terrorists to deploy heavy-calibre machine guns that they had not used in the earlier shootout.
It took prolonged consultations that also involved State House before President Kenyatta publicly announced that Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo was in charge.
However, it was also decided that KDF Special Forces would be the ones to conduct the actual assault on the terrorists, while the GSU and other police units ringed the mall.
The soldiers and their commanders on the ground only answered to KDF chief General Julius Karangi rather than to the police boss, which also complicated the operation.
The teams also appeared to have had different aims. One officer involved said that some units had a priority to locate and rescue a specific group of VIPs.
Barely an hour after the attack, the GSU squad had taken control of almost 70 per cent of the building after moving in to reinforce the small group of policemen, who were the first to enter the building.
The KDF Special Forces came in later to spearhead the operation, with the GSU forming the second inner cordon in the mall behind the army units from the 20 Para Battalion and Maroon Commandos.
The rivalry is understood to have extended to communication on how the public would be informed of the progress of the operation.
As Parliament promised to demand answers from all units involved, it also emerged on Wednesday that the police had been given advance intelligence on the planned terrorist attack, but failed to act.
The Parliamentary Defence Committee Thursday summoned all security chiefs — including National Intelligence Service boss Michael Gichangi—to appear before it next week. The sessions are expected to be dominated by buck-passing.
“The time for responsibility and accountability has come,” Defence Committee chairman Ndung’u Gethenji said.
Likely targets
A local newspaper Thursday quoted an intelligence source claiming Maj-Gen Gichangi had passed information to Mr Kimaiyo and CID director Ndegwa Muhoro on the impending attack on Westgate.
Speaking to the Nation Thursday, however, a highly-placed source within the police denied that such information was ever passed on.
He said all the communication logs and situation reports had been cross-checked in the wake of the attack and confirmed that no such report was ever made.
What was on record in the recent past, he insisted, were the regular alerts on terrorist plots and likely targets such as government buildings, city landmarks and high-rise buildings, tourist hotels, up-market shopping malls frequented by diplomats and expatriates, and western embassies.
From the debate in Parliament in the wake of the attack, it also appears some MPs have already decided who to blame for the security lapse.
Meanwhile, intelligence officers are pursuing leads indicating that a terrorist who is already serving a 59-year jail term was in contact from behind prison walls with the group that planned and carried out the Westgate attack.
Abdimajid Yassin Mohammed was last year jailed after pleading guilty to the charges of terrorism. It is believed that some warders at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison allowed him to communicate with the conspirators outside.
Suicide mission
Mr Mohammed, 26, and a colleague reportedly bought a Peugeot 505 car for Sh180,000 and did not bother to ask for the log book.
They had planned to use it for a suicide mission on Parliament, but the car broke down on September 13 as they set out on their operation.
They were arrested with four suicide bomb belts, 12 hand grenades, four AK 47 rifles, 481 bullets and two home-made bombs. They led police to a flat in Nairobi’s Eastleigh area where some of the arsenal was recovered.
They also confessed that they were sent to Kenya by Jafra Hussein, an Al-Shabaab commander in Mogadishu.

Friday, September 27, 2013


Thomas Mann



Concerned Concerned
Sorry, I meant Abdul Haji's interview and not Majid's interview.



It is becoming more and more clear that this attack has nothing to do with Religious belief. This is organised crime and the so called Jihadists have nothing to do with the teachings of Islam. They are part of a global crime syndicate, who have lost their most valuable piece of real estate: Southern Somalia. There are very few places on earth where one could trade indiscriminately in Charcoal, Ivory and Rhino horn. Even fewer where you can anchor pirated ships or demand ransom whilst holding hostages.
Religion is completely irrelevant, merely a way of garnering some misguided support from disadvantaged members of society, and keeping ordinary, muslims fearful from speaking out against them.
It is time for us to call a spade a spade. These are well funded, determined, ruthless criminals. They are prepared to gun down and throw grenades at women and children, to shock and attempt to terrify us.
Let us not allow them to use the smokescreen of any religion to fool us.
They need to be targeted where it hurts them most, it must be a war on organised crime, illegal real estate, and poaching. It is certain that following these trails will lead back to that organisation with a religious sounding name.


Lack of police and military coordination in such incidents inevitibly leads to lack of response which results in loss of life, the failure to contain an incident of this scale has clearly shown how the militants exploited the un preparedness of the security forces, lack go communication between all units on the ground and no clear command structure will inevitibly mean failure.
Incident control should be with the police, if hey can not deal with it then they hand over to the military but what ever happens a system of clear direct command and control needs to be in place, I watched the footage and was confused as to who w dong what and why, the fact that units were sent to rescue VIP groups ashamed me that even in a life or death situation class distinction still accounts for who lives and who dies, we are all human beings, gods children there should be no distinction, if corruption has led to this disaster then there is a lot of soul searching to be done in Kenya right now


Clearly what has become our way of life? Tribalism, Nepotism, Insecurity, Corruption,
Road carnage, Prostitution, Infidelity, Incompetence,selfishness, M-Churches…the list goes
on: I’m afraid Terrorism might join in. We need to sort out our society short-comings
(which all of us are guilty of) to overcome all the vices otherwise we might
just destroy ourselves.


"Jurisdictional differences appear to have extended to blame games among security agencies, as Kenya recovers from its worst terror attack since the 1998 bombing of the Embassy of the United States of America in Nairobi". THAT IS WHY EVEN OUR CONSTITUTION IS AMERICAN.
Mwikali Wambua

Someone's gotta take the flak.


Ther e is a group that I also want to blame...the Body odf Christ.Please wkae up.these are the last days!


if turf wars can extend to our disciplined forces then we Kenyans should brace ourselves for God forbid these kind of attacks from the terrorists.let our forces be professional rather than being like can an officer accept food item from a raia in the name of volunteer infront of camera withut feeling ashamed>? they should behave next these volunteers could be their accomplices & the food could be drugged.WATCH OUT OUR OFFICERS PLEASE .this advice is for free.

The Kenyan Trauma Surgeon
i have a feeling this would have been prevented......lets uncorver the truth as investigations kick in


Natty Dread
I hope that UhuRuto will be able to stay above the mud-slinging and self-exoneration that is sure to come out of this drama.
Hard decisions must be made, and there is no room for error. If a terrorist in Kamiti can guide the murderers of Westgate, and if terrorists can rent houses and shops and spend 90 days stocking up on bombs and machine guns without anybody taking notice, something is terribly wrong at all levels.


Kenyatta has recently been going round the country telling us not to politicize issues, and focus on development. He should lead by example, and start by de-politicizing our police force and security agency heads. Some people should get fired, just to set an example. Then hire real skilled proffessionals, and let them know that their job security does not depend on where they come from or how good they are at harrassing and spying on his political competitors, but on how well they do their real job, which is protecting all Kenyans.

Not really... I do not agree with you. Instructions were given and priorities were made. Clearly we know what the priorities are for this government. Certainly not militants.... Choices, my brother, have consequences. Do not blame the chief officers. They simply followed instructions

geoffrey luyuku

so some went to secure a special group of VIPs? that must be the police.

Martt Denja

September 13 is just days before the current attack!


Simon Templar

The army is normally sent in as the last resort in any situation. Recce Squad should have been mandated with doing the sweep and KDF relegated to cordoning the area assisted by the police. There was too much collateral damage which would not have happened if the siege had been handled professionally. it's about time the Government woke up and invested in Homeland Security. Our Police force is the most ill equipped and non techno savvy, yet terrorists are embracing new tactics everyday. The whole police force should be computerized so that data on internal as well as external threats is captured and shared seamlessly among them. It makes no sense to buy laptops for Standard one kids and yet ignore implementing the same reforms to our security agencies.May God rest the souls of our brothers and sisters in peace.

You're the only sober person here!

Angry Citizen



Those who brought in the army surely messed up.
Really? Only the armu could deal with the bombs, machine guns, grenades and so on. The cops would have been mowed down with their WW2 guns. Even Recee Squad was no match for these jihadists. Only special forces from the military.

Martin Njomo Arap Muigai



This is disgusting. Maybe we are monkeys and other races have greater mental prowess. This may be a fact we might have to contemplate. The recce squad needs to be praised and feted by the nation. After kdf felt commando wounding the recce squad leader and forcing the recce squad to pull out, dozens of lives were lost thereafter and people were tortured. This is unforgivable and beyond the think that the recce squad had them cornered, disgusting...


Squabling wouldn't help.1.Create an Anti Terrorism High Command integrating all forces 2.Place Nairobi and Mombasa on a continuous 24 hr surveilance. 3. Avoid appointing heads of security on the basis of tribe.
Remember that America established the Homeland Security Agency after 9/11..they went through similar trials, their famed security agencies having failed to respond due to bureaucracy and poor coordination.


From the picture above... it looks more like an explosion crater.

Medicine Man

I was not comfortable with the decision to send in the Army. The army tends to operate with blunt force, often destroying everything in their path. The counter strategy against the terrorist would have always been best achieved by the specialized police units. We need to continue investing in all security agencies but also be aware when to use each one.

sura mbaya

Well, isn't this a fine mess? I am no security expert but my little time serving informs me that no military man would ever take orders from a cop. There's this "our tough guys are badder than your tough guys" mentality that prevails.
How about we get our heads together, boys, and in the next few weeks come up with a workable plan of action? I would rather hear about what measures are being put in place rather than who is to blame. I don't want to face the business end of an AK in the near future with the scary knowledge that no one has my back.





Our corruption and resultant cynicism and selective patriotism will continue to kill us literally and figuratively.
It is common knowledge that our banks are awash with money from foreign sources who pack it and launder in Kenya (real estate) as the case maybe. No wonder property in Kenya is ridiculously priced with zero relation to (internal) fundamentals.
Everybody knows that with cash a foreigner can just pop into the country and in a few months transmogrify into a full blown Kenyan; passport, ID, DL and all. S/he can set up a business, acquire property and even exclude in subtle and blatant ways poor Kenyans from his/her ventures. Kenya is known for this sort of easy winks & nods for the fiendish foreigners who then proceed to play the system thoroughly.
This perversion of the " Jambo sana Karibu bwana, hakuna matata" brand is the problem. That is what makes borders porous-not necessarily the fact that it is impossible/senseless to fence off the whole country. You can swim/walk into Kenya quite easily, but unless somebody is corrupt there is NO WAY you will become a Kenyan, hide or ACQUIRE TOOLS OF DEATH to harm Kenyans so that you are rewarded with an abode in the sky above where you dance with virgins for eternity. Let us deal with facts instead of wasting time on useless blame games.


"Pull out allowed the terrorists to regroup"That is inexcusable if true and cost lives, the police dropped the ball on this one..



The parliamentary Defence Committee is itself useless. Where have they been when Kenyans have gone without 999 services ? The many trips they make out of the country on tax payers money haven't they bothered to see how police is structured to meet the needs of citizens in the western countries they go to. Lack of a functioning and equipped and staffed communication Centre is the first line of defence we don't have. What has this useless committee done about it ? Nothing !! They can go to The Hague and make fools of themselves on the streets but not do what they were elected by the people to do. Bure kabisa.



We are in deep trouble, the terrorists want to destroy everything, including parliament?, is Kenya doomed forever? isn't it best to migrate out now?

Edward Odanga

Since when did KDF become answerable to a "Mr"? The take orders from Generals and Colonels. Rais Uhuru alihata hapo.




God have mercy on all of humanity as we pray for the innocent that have been killed. Killing and violence is not the answer - if there are problems in Somalia then get your message across to the rest of the world in other means such as a peaceful youtube video explaining the problems - the public will listen. If you want attention this is not the way - peace is the way. Please do not commit violence and do not shed any more blood.

dalmas machuki


Frank Wanyama

It's time the Jubilee Government lived up to its much touted, much publicized "kusema na kutenda" slogan, by overhauling the NSIS, the Police Service, the CID, the Immigration, and the Customs departments, all of which played a role in the just-ended terrorist atrocity at Nairobi's Westgate Mall and many others in recent years. Alongside the purge of top officers who slept on the job, the Government and all institutions of note, must, this time round, launch a very aggressive war on corruption and the institutionalised culture of lawlessness that's steadily driving this country to an abyss.


If this is what happened I am very sad person and don't want to believe it did!!!! then somebody should be held accountable.




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