Jaluo Dot Kom header image;

Jaluo Kama Jaluo rade gi joluo wete gi… East African, international, news, politics, culture, business & economy, environment, arts, are discussed by contributors in Africa and world wide. Writers call for social justice, better governance, quality investment.

30Sep/130

Kenya: Africa grain experts to explore the continent’s potential as the next frontier in global grain supply at 5th African Grain Summit

From: News Release - African Press Organization (APO)
PRESS RELEASE

Africa grain experts to explore the continent’s potential as the next frontier in global grain supply at 5th African Grain Summit

MOMBASA, Kenya, September 30, 2013/ -- Over 250 top leaders from Africa including business executives from the private sector, including farmers, traders and millers, non-governmental organizations, development partners, financial institutions, researcher government representatives, regional bilateral institutions, and policymakers will convene from the 1st - 3rd October 2013 to discuss key issues affecting the African grain sector. This will be at the 5th Africa Grain Trade Summit, hosted by the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) (http://www.eagc.org) at the Sarova-Whitesands Hotel, Mombasa, Kenya. The Summit’s theme is “Africa: The Emerging Frontier for Global Investments in Grain Trade.”

Logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/eagc.jpg

The summit is timely as global focus shifts to Africa’s potential to feed itself and feed the world. Africa with an estimated population of 1 billion people and an area of 30.2 million km² is home to seven of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies with a projected economic growth rate of 6%. Additionally, the continent has a youthful population, a rich resource base, rising incomes and a steadily growing private sector: all these factors make for a healthy and attractive investment environment.

At this year’s summit, delegates will focus on advocating for a predictable agricultural trade policy and price environment which facilitates public private partnerships and stimulate increased investments along the grain value chain. Additionally, opportunities for innovation and technology adoption to address constraints and increase agricultural investments in Africa will be explored as will means of optimizing intra-Africa market access by dismantling barriers to trade. Delegates will also discuss how to scale up agribusiness financing for Africa’s grain trade through Structured Trading Systems.

“The summit will be setting the stage and opening doors through establishing essential linkages and new and increased investments in grain trade in Africa,” says the EAGC Executive Director, Mr. Gerald Masila.

“AGRA is happy to be associated with the Africa Grain Summit as it will help in charting the way forward on resolving the issue on postharvest grain losses which are currently at 40% in sub-Saharan Africa. By stemming these losses we can help to increase farmers’ incomes,” says Mrs Anne Mbaabu, Director of AGRA’s Market Access Program.

During the summit, the first ever Structured Trading Systems Handbook will be launched and is envisioned as being a game-changing tool in grain trade in Africa and beyond.

This year’s Summit has received support from the Alliance for Green Revolution in Agriculture (AGRA), the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), the Agribusiness Initiative Trust (ABI), the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), The East Africa Trade Hub (formerly known as USAID COMPETE), CARANA Corporation, Seaboard Overseas and Trading Group, Tradiverse Kenya Limited, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Bunge East Africa Limited, Capital Reef Kenya Limited, the East Africa Breweries Limited, Cimbria East Africa, Intertek Commodities Ltd, Lesiolo Grain Handlers Limited, Cereal Growers Association, Mama Millers Ltd, Post-Harvest Services Limited, Farm Concern International, Uplands Rice Millers and the recently established East Africa Exchange (EAX) based in Kigali, Rwanda.

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of Alliance for the Eastern Africa Grain Council - EAGC.

For more information on the summit please contact;
Janet Ngombalu
Regional Manager, Marketing Information Systems and Communications
Eastern Africa Grain Council - EAGC
Tel: +254 712 733418 or +254 737 804104
Email: jngombalu@eagc.org, africagraintradesummit2013@eagc.org

About Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC)

The Eastern Africa Grain Council (http://www.eagc.org) is a regional organization with membership drawn from across the Eastern and Southern Africa. Members of the Council cut across the Grain value chain and include all the key players in production, trade and processing in nine (9) countries across Africa including Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, South Sudan, and Ethiopia.

Some of our key services include warehouse receipting systems, market intelligence systems and evidence-based policy advocacy for an enabling policy environment. The Council works very closely with governments in the region, regional economic blocs like the EAC, COMESA and SADC and also development partners to address the various challenges in food security.

http://www.eagc.org - http://www.ratin.net - http://www.graintradesummit.com

About the 5th Africa Grain Trade Summit

The Africa Grain Trade Summit is a premier biennial premier international event organized by the East Africa Grain Council and brings together key grain industry stakeholders over 25 African countries, and both regional and global organizations.

SOURCE
Eastern Africa Grain Council - EAGC

29Sep/130

KENYA: RADICAL APPROACH TO ENHANCING OUR SECURITY.

From: Judy Miriga

Sport-on Otieno Sungu.You speak like a man of principle who must change tactics to face, challenge and defeat an enemy of terror when security is threatened.

Security and survival is standing on shaky-grounds, instead of blame-games, people must be alert and unite to add pressure to the leadership. It is worrying to see Al-shabaab is digging deeper with more threats on Kenyans sending signals that they are turning to poaching when their source of funding is cut.

We cannot blame the President wholesomely before we get to know whether he was under some sort of siege. The President too must not speak on riddles. Why would the President read the Riot Act and who are the people he accuses of creating "aparallel centre of power"? Is the President trying to imply that he is not in control??? Is there a vacuum in leadership??? Why would thee be a parallel center of power if an elected President is in control???

President Uhuru must come clean if he wants Kenyans and the world to believe and trust in him. He need to tell the world the truth who are these people he is accusing of creating "a parallel centre of Power". Could they be those who sent Al-shabaab to attack Westgate? Could they be those who sponsored Al-shabaab into Kenya and helped them escape??? Are the Al-shabaab incorporated into the Police force??? After I studied the ambush at the Wastegate I still wonder why both the International Media and the Local media were sent away while volunteers in plain cloths managed to get inside the mall and help whisking people out..............Why did the police sent the Media away??? What was the police trying to hide??? Why would Uhuru not sack and relieve Francis Kimemia completely out of the Public Service for failing in his Responsibility and putting people in a very sorry state. If Kimemia was at fault, why would Uhuru continue to retain him and pay a double salary wasting publind funds???

This is a fight all Kenyans must unite to bring to end. People must inform and report all suspects wherever they live or do business and they must be rooted out through mass force otherwise if Kenyans slake, Kenyans will be taken over by events and the Al-shabaab will soon or later root out Kenyans and take control of Kenya the way M23 have done to Congo people. This is something we cannot take lightly and it is a behavior that must not be allowed to happen to Kenya.

Wake up people, wake up Kenyans.............and demand for your rights of security with Responsible leadership and equally, it is your right to demand for transparency and accountability that no one should ever take it away from the people...................Al-shabaab must not take root in Kenya and continue to hold Kenyans hostages in compromising situation.............

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,
USA

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

- - - - - - - - - - -

From: otieno sungu
Sent: Saturday, September 28, 2013 3:33 PM
Subject: RADICAL APPROACH TO ENHANCING OUR SECURITY.

Following the West Gate attack, it is necessary for the government to reassess its strategy to protect Kenyans.

In my opinion, sacking individuals or moving them around will not solve our security problem. Right now, we have an avowed enemy, Al Shabaab which does not fight conventional wars nor does it respect international conventions of engagement.

Under these circumstances, our government must also device counter measures like what Israel does with terrorist groups.First and foremost, we need to re-evaluate our intelligence bodies ability to contain terror.The NSIS must not be a toothless body that collects intelligence and hands the same over to some overweight chaps at Vigilante House to execute the prevention.The folks we have at NSIS have a level of training, education and discipline higher than the ordinary police. When ordinary police are given intelligence information, some of which is beyond their comprehension, they can only bungle up such operations. Various cases exist of bungled up operations. The Fellician Kabuga saga, a man who should be behind bars in Rwanda by now, has evaded police dragnet several times because of bungled up operations, one of which Steven Munuhe, the informer, lost his life after being set up by corrupt policemen, several operations in Mombasa and Malindi to nab terror suspects have gone wrong and suspects escaped(including the White Widow and several drug barons) because either intelligence reached the ears of greedy and corruptible police who in turn alert the criminals.

Under these circumstances, NSIS must go back to the outfit it was and its equivalents around the world such as CIA, M16, MOSSAD, FBI,KGB etc.

These intelligence arms are independent and can arrest, detain and investigate individuals. They can actually take over cases of such magnitude such as terrorism from the ordinary police. Yet our case is the opposite, NSIS has to report such to an ill equipped, corrupt and lazy police force to act. No wonder intelligence reports that we would be attacked between 14th and 21st September went unheeded.

Secondly, the NSIS should brief the President directly on matters of national security. This bureaucracy of briefing Cabinet Secretaries, some of whom are greenhorns and ill equipped to conceptualize the magnitude of what they are being briefed about is what culminated in the attack. If it is true that 4 Cabinet secretaries in Internal Security, Defense and other critical Ministries were briefed and did not act, then have a calamity in the name of Cabinet. Ole Lenku and Rachel Omamo should be ashamed enough to have resigned by now, to continue drawing a salary on such failure and on people's blood is not only inhuman but a fraud on the tax payer.I wonder if they have conscience!

Having said that, we must now focus on illegal immigrants, fake nationals and refugees not staying in designated camps. We cannot thrive on disorder. Our immigration must be overhauled and systems put in place to ensure every person registered is tracked through a centralized and computerized registration process which consolidates information on personal identification, social security details, PIN details, passport details such that it is easy to track down money laundering, money wired for terror, individual travels, networks, business, banking trend, residence etc.

Terrorists are using our weak systems to open legitimate businesses in Kenya and proceed to wire millions into bank accounts of such businesses and use the same to recruit youth, plan terror, corrupt our police and set up strong networks, we must deny them such easy avenues of moving money around. This can only happen if we are able to track people moving huge sums of money around whose sources cannot be explained. This can only happen if KRA and Central Bank are able to track such.

We must also begin looking carefully are radical religious dogma and the people perpetrating the same. We cannot turn a blind eye and shy away from confronting the issue of radical preachers who preach hate, death, killings and martyrdom. If this be the case, then we need to know who such preachers have in mind when they offer such fiery sermons. Freedom of worship is not any ticket to break laws neither is it ticket to infringe on other people's freedoms. It is now common information that such preachers are growing in number, one of whom killed himself planting an explosive in Garrissa town recently.

The government MUST crack down on such because they are not furthering any religious dogma as we know it but fomenting terror using the cover of Holy Places. Anyone defending or protesting their arrests must also be arrested as accomplices to plans of terror. We cannot live in a society where a few individuals distort their religious beliefs and go on a killing spree of our citizens. The President vowed to protect lives and property, he must crush such with the full force of the law irrespective of cries from sympathizers.

Lastly, we must not only wait for terrorists to strike and we defend ourselves, we must now take the battle to their doorstep,with KDF in Somalia, we must hunt down and capture or kill the masterminds and financiers, we must keep them on the run and run them out of Somalia into the open world where they will be wanted international fugitives, vulnerable and hiding with very little time, resources and personnel to plan any attacks. This is what Israel does with terrorists, kill them in their domain or smoke them out and keep them running for the rest of their short lives,until they are neutralized.

But a good place to start is our midst, the ones we already know and are linked or suspected or and sympathetic to terrorists.

Otieno Sungu.

------------------------------------

Uhuru reads the Riot Act on people he accuses of creating ‘a parallel centre of power’

Updated Saturday, September 28th 2013 at 21:47 GMT +3

Secretary to the Cabinet, Francis Kimemia [PHOTO:STANDARD]

By BIKETI KIKECHI
NEWS EDITOR
Although his official title is Secretary to the Cabinet, Francis Kimemia has been performing duties of the powerful office of the Head of Public Service.

But he won’t perform that role any more. That job has been assigned to former Treasury PS Joseph Kinyua.

And Kimemia’s duties have been reduced to writing invitation letters to Cabinet secretaries to attend Cabinet meetings, taking minutes during the meetings and disseminating the same to the secretaries. In a sense, the Westgate attack has cost the former Head of Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet his job.

At a Cabinet meeting in State House, Nairobi on Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta is said to have read the Riot Act on people he accused of creating a “parallel centre of power” within the government.

The President is said to have seethed with rage after it emerged that some senior officials in Harambee House, the former Office of the President, were issuing unauthorised instructions over the Westgate Mall attack.

And immediately after making his point, the President introduced Joseph Kinyua to replace former powerful PS in the Office of the President Mr Kimemia.

Kimemia was also at the Thursday meeting in his capacity as Secretary to the Cabinet.It also emerged that Kimemia chaired the National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) meeting where the National Intelligence Service (NIS) says it provided information on the impending attack at the mall. “He is secretary to the Cabinet and only God knows in what capacity he was chairing that meeting,” said a close Uhuru ally at Harambee House.

Furious Uhuru

A Cabinet secretary told The Standard on Sunday that Uhuru was furious when he addressed the Thursday Cabinet meeting.

“Some of you think there are two centres of power. I am the President and there is also the Deputy President. There is no other centre of power,” Uhuru is said to have warned at the State House meeting. It was after he made the tough remarks that Uhuru introduced the appointment of Kinyua as the Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service.

Kinyua became the centre of attention after the meeting with all Cabinet secretaries lining up to greet and congratulate him. That effectively made him the third in command within government after Deputy President William Ruto and the second in command at State House after the President. Sources in the Cabinet informed The Standard on Sunday that the changes were made following a series of communication goofs where Kimemia was implicated.

Concern was raised when Interior Permanent Secretary Mutea Iringo called a Press conference at Harambee House when his boss Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku was addressing another one at Peponi Road in Westlands.

“It is not possible Iringo could have called that Press conference without the knowledge of Kimemia who is in charge of affairs at Harambee House,” said our source.

The Cabinet secretary was with the military generals and top police officers including Inspector General David Kimaiyo, and CID boss Ndegwa Muhoro when he was issuing the Press statement on Sunday evening.

The team had opened an operation camp near the site of the attack but Kimemia and Iringo were conspicuously absent.

“The president noticed that because the whole world could see there was somebody who was trying to create another centre of power,” said an official from the Executive Office of The President.

The management of the crisis became more complicated when the Interior ministry started tweeting and releasing conflicting information. At the same time, the police service was releasing different information from what was coming out of Harambee House.

The social media went viral on the conflicting information, which top government officials blamed on Kimemia. According to our source, Kimemia had not realised that Harambee House was no longer the Office the President.

“The last time Uhuru was at Harambee House was when he was President-elect and has since worked from his office at State House,” our source explained.

It appears Uhuru was surprised to learn that Kimemia was the head of NSAC and was getting all security briefs, but some of the information was not reaching him and other agencies.

“The information on the Westgate attack was given but it did not go anywhere. The NIS had informed them what vehicles the Al-Shabaab would use and at what time they would attack. Kimaiyo was also said to have been there and that is why NIS keeps saying they gave information to top officials at OP and police,” said our source.

State House officials say Kimemia had taken too long to understand that he was secretary to the Cabinet, whose job is to write letters of invitation, take minutes and circulate them.

Kimemia’s comment

“ Kimemia surprisingly is still chair of NSAC just like he was when he was head of public service when he is only supposed to be secretary to the Cabinet,” said another senior officer at the ministry of Interior.

When The Standard on Sunday contacted Kimemia to comment on the unfolding events, he sent an SMS saying: “No comment. I know what I am supposed to do.”

The Standard on Sunday is in possession of letters Kimemia wrote to Cabinet secretaries while designating himself as Permanent Secretary, to the Cabinet and Head of Public service.

In the letter dated 24th June, Reference number OP.CAB.9/1, the “Head of Public Service” an office that was scrapped with the beginning of Uhuru’s term, he instructed all Cabinet secretaries not to gazette any new appointments of chairpersons or chief executive officers in the government parastatals unless in concurrence with the Office of the President.

-----------------------------------------------------

Al Shabaab now turns to poaching to fund terror activities
Updated Saturday, September 28th 2013 at 22:27 GMT +3
By DANIEL WESANGULA

In May 2007, three Kenya Wildlife Service rangers died at the hands of Somali bandits in a pre-dawn shoot-out. The gang of poachers was crossing the Tana River on their way to Tsavo East National Park. The incursion was halted, but the eventual cost in human life from this emerging deadly trend was to be massive.

Six years later, an 18-month investigation by South African environmental groups Maisha Consulting and Elephant Action League in the involvement of Al Shabaab on trafficking ivory through Kenya established that this trade could be supplying up to 40 per cent of the funds needed to keep the merchants of terror in business.

“The deadly path of conflict ivory starts with the slaughter of innocent animals and ends in the slaughter of innocent people. It is a source of funding for terrorist organisations that transcends cruelty. It is the ‘white gold’ for African jihad; white for its colour and gold for its value,” Andrea Crosta the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the South African independent conservation organisation Elephant Action League (EAL) told The Standard on Sunday.

A parallel can be drawn between Kenya’s incursion into Somalia and increased poaching incidents within the country. With every inch of ground gained by the Kenya Defence Forces, a mile is lost back home in the never-ending war of protecting the country’s wildlife.

“Surrounded by porous borders, Kenya has long been a transit point for illegal ivory. The KWS is doing a commendable job but in an attempt to crack down on this trade, dealers looking for fast money and an easier market have turned to a new player in the game – Al Shabaab,” Crosta said.

“This reality is too close to home to pass as a mere coincidence,” Crosta said. Although poaching has been ongoing for decades, the cutting off of Al Shabaab’s income streams has forced them to look elsewhere for funding.

Kismayu had long stood as an economic bastion for the militia group. A UN Monitoring Group says outside Mogadishu, the port city was the second most important operational base for the Al Qaeda-linked militants.

In 2008, Al Shabaab took over Kismayu, the third-largest city in Somalia, after fighting a fierce three-day battle against pro-government militias. The group quickly imposed harsh administrative rules grounded in Sharia law on the port’s business community. To raise revenue, Al Shabaab increased the fees for importing and exporting goods through the port by 30 per cent.

The most important economic activities in Kismayu are fishing, the import of industrial goods and the export of primary goods such as livestock, charcoal, and khat to the Gulf States. Just from tax impositions, it is estimated that the group collected upwards of over Sh2.1 million every month. “Through trade with the gulf states it is estimated that they earned more than Sh42 million every month from charcoal trade,” a Kenyan army official not authorised to speak on Kenya’s operations in Somalia told The Standard on Sunday.

Custom tolls

In total, a UN report states that “Al Shabaab collected an estimated between Sh2.9 and Sh4.2 billion annually in custom tolls and taxes on businesses in Kismayu and two secondary ports higher up the coast.”

Almost all this money was used to further their bloody insurgencies in Somalia and neighbouring countries. The port’s fall posed serious challenges to the militants.

Quick, alternative sources of income had to be identified for the survival of the Mujahedeen.

“The network is sophisticated and is composed of poachers, small and big-time brokers, and informants, all linked to the trade in ivory and rhino horn. Our enquiries reached across the border into neighbouring Somalia where we established a link between the traders and Al Shabaab… Shabaab has been actively buying and selling ivory as a means of funding their militant operations,” Crosta said.

The investigation by EAL shows that the role of Al Shabaab in ivory trafficking is of immense concern.

“The harsh environment in which they operate, deprived of natural resources makes ivory and rhino horn trade that much more important,” says the report.

However, Al Shabaab’s role is not limited to poaching and brokerage, but they provide a crucial link in the illegal trade chain.

“Shabaab’s strength and conviction to continue its fight will increase its need for fighters, arms, ammunition and other equipment, and increase its need for funds. As the West continues to fight radical terrorist organisations through seizing assets in offshore bank accounts, straw companies and ‘charities’, these organisations, including Al Shabaab, will rely increasingly on trafficking in contraband as a source of finance,” the investigation reveals.

The report indicates that between one to three tonnes of ivory; fetching a price of roughly Sh17,000 per kilogramme, pass through the hands of Al Shabaab every month. Meaning that ivory accounts for between Sh17 million and Sh51 million every month.

So far this year, more than 8.5 tonnes of ivory have been seized. With an estimated Asia black market value of almost Sh300,000 per kilogramme, this means a total of more than Sh2.5 billion worth of ivory has been seized.

Experts say the seized ivory only represent 20 per cent of the black market circulation.

“Most of the ivory we seize is on transit from other countries and to other destinations,” Paul Mbugua, KWS spokesperson said.

So far, none of these hauls has officially been attributed to the decimated Kenyan herds.

But it is a fact that following the fall of Kismayu, Kenya has seen an exponential increase in ivory-related poaching. From 283 in 2011, 385 deaths were recorded in 2012. This year may be worse.

Already 235 elephants have been killed with 35 rhinos murdered for their horns compared to 29 the whole of last year. The highlight being the brazen daytime attack and killing of a white rhino at the Nairobi National Park — Kenya’s most guarded animal sanctuary.

“This avenue provides enough income for running a large part of their activities,” Crosta said. “This is not only dangerous for our animal population, but most importantly for our survival.”

In Kenya’s arid north, an area bordering Somalia, an AK-47 costs downwards of Sh50,000. A bullet costs as little as Sh70. An Imigration official at a border crossing earns a basic salary of between Sh40,000 and Sh50,000. With an outwardly corrupt public service, a successful poacher-terrorist will find little difficulty in arming himself, killing wildlife and eventually smuggling out his loot to the outside buyers and rearming himself for a deadlier assault in “enemy territory”.

EAL says corruption is not just the deadliest enemy of conservation but also of any other effort to push Africa forward. In their investigations not only in Kenya, corruption comes up all the time and at all levels. “If we fail to act now, militant groups like Al Shabaab will lay down their roots deep in the African landscape, destroying its heritage for generations to come. Dangerous and unpredictable, Al Shabaab’s involvement in ivory trade brings with it an alarming dimension, a dimension the world cannot afford to ignore,” concludes the report.

Religious charities

However, ivory plays just one part in the bigger picture. Foreign funding through the Hawala system and disguised religious charities pursuing ulterior agenda, supplemented by criminal activities, enables Al Shabaab to hold on to its war. The criminal activities include taxation of businesses and NGOs, trafficking in drugs, arms and humans, and involvement in counterfeit currency.

“This is not the major one, but it plays a huge part in their financing,” Crosta said.

Al Shabaab is not alone in the plunder of wildlife to sustain their insurgencies.

“Other militias involved in poaching, like the Lord’s Resistance Army or the Sudanese Janjaweed, usually kill elephants themselves, sometimes very far from home. Al Shabaab does not kill elephants. They leave the dirty job to locals and buy the ivory from known traffickers. For them ivory is just a business, like charcoal and the group remains unique in its role as a very organised buyer,” said Crosta.

--------------------------------------------------------

Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu)

Somalia: Armed Men Attack Government Military Bases and Kenyan Bases in the Lower Juba Region
27 September 2013

Confrontations between armed men and Somali military llied with Kenyan troops occurred at Kulbiyow sub-district in the lower Juba region of Somalia.

Residents confirmed to Shabelle radio that the attackers believed to be members of Alshabab fighters attacked a military base manned by Kenyan peacekeeping forces and Somali military soldiers.

Heavy gunfire that lasted hours was heard at nearby settlements.

In other news armed men attacked another military base located near the Kismayu University which is operated by the Kenyan troops.

Somali government troops together with the Kenyan troops fought off the attackers after a slight confrontation which lasted for hours.

The real casualties caused by the last night attacks has not yet been revealed by the authorities of the lower Juba region

Attacker mainly from Shabab fighters frequently attack government and AMISOM bases located in the lower Juba region of Somalia.

Voice of America (Washington, DC)

Kenya Holding 8 Suspects in Mall Attack
27 September 2013

Kenyan authorities say they are still holding eight people in connection with the deadly four-day siege at a Nairobi shopping mall.

Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku told reporters Friday that authorities have released three other suspects.

Earlier this week, officials said five suspected militants were killed as troops and police worked to regain control of the Westgate mall.

The official total death toll from the siege stands at 72.

Investigators continue to sift through the wreckage at the partially collapsed mall. On Friday, the Kenyan Red Cross said 59 people remain missing following the attack.

Lenku said no additional bodies have been recovered from the site.

"According to police records, there are no formal or official reports of missing persons who could have been at the mall at the time of the attack."

The Somalia-based al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack and is vowing to carry out other acts of violence against Kenya.

On Twitter Friday, the militant group said its attack on the Westgate mall was "just the premiere of Act 1."

Al-Shabab says it wants Kenyan forces to withdraw from Somalia. Kenyan forces entered neighboring Somalia two years ago to help fight the militant group, which has been fighting to turn Somalia into a strict Islamic state.

The Associated Press said Friday that investigators had recovered a vehicle that was believed to have been used by some of the attackers.

Human Rights Watch urged Kenyan authorities to "swiftly" catch and prosecute the mall attackers. In a statement, the group's Africa director, Daniel Bekele, said "nothing justifies the cruel contempt for human life" that the attackers had shown.

In another development, the International Criminal Court announced it has extended Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto's absence from his trial until Wednesday.

The ICC said it granted the extension to allow Ruto to attend a memorial service for mall victims on Tuesday.

Ruto faces charges of crimes against humanity for his alleged role in the deadly ethnic violence that followed Kenya's 2007 election.

-------------------------------------------------------

Sabahi (Washington, DC)

Kenya: Westgate Attack Reveals Gaping Security Holes
By Rajab Ramah and Julius Kithuure, , and Bosire Boniface in Garissa, 27 September 2013

Nairobi — As renewed threats and mockery from al-Shabaab have emerged in the past few days, the Kenyan people are still looking for answers as to how the bloody siege at Nairobi's Westgate mall happened -- and whether it could have been prevented.

By now, many of the details of the siege are understood: Last Saturday a group of al-Shabaab gunmen stormed the upscale shopping centre, indiscriminately shooting shoppers and tossing grenades into crowds of innocent civilians. In a standoff that lasted four days, the gunmen killed at least 67 people and held an unknown number of others as hostages until Kenyan security forces gained control of the situation Tuesday.

But in the aftermath of the attack, many questions remain unanswered: What happened to the remaining hostages? How were the attackers able to gain access to the shopping centre and hold it for so long? Who was the mastermind behind the attack and where is he or she now?

Did Kenyan security and intelligence forces receive prior warnings about the attack, and could they have prevented it?

"Terrorist attacks do not happen out of blue," said security analyst Raymond Kipkorir Cheruiyot, a retired Kenyan armed forces colonel and co-owner of Multi Security Consultants Limited in Nairobi.

"Terrorists execute an attack when security agencies are complacent," he told Sabahi. "Westgate shopping mall was a high profile complex, which should have been under intense 24-hour security surveillance and armed police guard. That way, the planning of this attack would have been detected and thwarted."

Cheruiyot criticised the Kenyan government's "disjointed" response to what he described as a sophisticated attack that "a crack team of terrorists" carefully planned and executed.

The authorities should place such high value targets under constant surveillance, review existing security arrangements and procedures, and monitor locals who sympathise with or support terrorists, he said.

"Yes, our security team response time was good, but their performance would have been more clinical had they acted on external intelligence warnings that Westgate mall was a soft target of high value to terrorists," Cheruiyot said.

A prior terror alert

In August, security officials issued a terror alert for Kenya, saying they had received intelligence reports that at least five al-Shabaab operatives had entered Mombasa from Somalia and may have been plotting an attack to coincide with the first anniversary of radical cleric Aboud Rogo Mohammed's killing.

"A security alert in Mombasa or Kisumu should be a concern for the entire country," said retired army Major Bishar Hajji Abdullahi. "It is evident that someone was lax."

"In the aftermath of this incident, those who know they are culpable should just resign, or the president [should] sack them," Abdullahi told Sabahi.

The Kenyan Defence Forces and allied troops have done a good job dispersing al-Shabaab inside Somalia, but Kenya's security services should have launched a manhunt for suspected militants on the home soil once they got those intelligence reports, he said.

David Ochami, a Mombasa-based journalist who covers Middle East and Horn of Africa militant groups, said there were signs of a potential attack in the weeks leading up to the Westgate siege.

Al-Shabaab and its sympathizers had been very active on social media in the weeks before the attack, for example, and their messages could have provided clues to prevent the attack, he said.

"Some of the postings may turn out to be a hoax to instil fear or posturing, but they should be deciphered and taken very seriously," Ochami told Sabahi.

Even during the siege at the mall, al-Shabaab frequently posted messages about it on Twitter, Ochami said, underscoring the importance of paying attention to how terrorists use social media as they mount and execute such attacks.

Despite having at least five Twitter handles shut down this year, including three in the aftermath of the Westgate attack, al-Shabaab is still using the social media site to threaten and mock its enemies.

In a series of tweets Thursday, al-Shabaab criticised the Kenyan government for the apparent conflicting information it provided following the attack.

"The Kenyan government is still in disarray & it won't be until several months when it fully comprehends exactly what took place at Westgate," al-Shabaab said. "Their contradictory version of events is a sure sign that the Kenyan govt is beginning to suffer from severe constipation of ideas."

The militants went on to boast of their "mesmeric performance" at Westgate, keeping Kenyans "completely enthralled for more than 100 hours".

Al-Shabaab renewed its threats to Kenyans saying, "... despair not folks, that was just the première of Act 1".

A tipoff Westgate attack was coming

Meanwhile, Kenyan lawmaker Mike Sonko made headlines this week by claiming that well before the attack he had received information that terrorists were planning to strike Westgate mall and other Nairobi landmarks.

He said he had relayed this information to the authorities, but they did not take it seriously enough.

According to Sonko, who represents the Westlands constituency where Westgate is located, two women approached him about three months ago with information that al-Shabaab militants had rented a house in the Parklands neighbourhood of Nairobi and were plotting such attacks.

"They told me the attacks were targeting Westgate, Village Market, the Kenyatta International Conference Centre and parliament," he told Sabahi. "I assisted them in recording a statement with the police and intelligence officers so a further probe could be carried out."

The National Security Intelligence Service and other security organs failed to act on the tip, Sonko said. He shared this information with the Senate on September 24th, the day the standoff at Westgate ended.

Fellow lawmaker Asman Kamama, who chairs the National Assembly's Administration and National Security Committee, said the mall attack exposed lapses in intelligence gathering.

"The way the attacks were carried out, it was well co-ordinated, meaning it was something that was well planned and executed," Kamama, a United Republican Party member who represents Baringo County, told Sabahi.

"And for our intelligence to have had no clue on the impending attacks, means there [were] huge security failures that we must audit and [for which we must] hold individuals culpable," he said.

Officials respond

The attack on Westgate not only stunned the nation but appeared to catch defenders of the homeland off guard, officials told Sabahi.

"In all honesty, this was the first time Kenya has witnessed such an audacious terrorist attack on a mall using guns," said Director of Police Reforms Jonathan Kosgei. "We knew of bombs, [but] this new style was hard to predict. However, the security forces did their best to contain the situation in the prevailing disadvantaged circumstances."

"This attack will probably precipitate a national debate [about] whether to arm security guards or not," he told Sabahi. "With only a wooden baton and a whistle, guards are so vulnerable and totally unable to stop an armed assault."

Another factor to consider is how Westgate revealed al-Shabaab's dramatic change in military tactics to commando-like operations, according to Western region Commissioner James ole Seriani.

"They want to inflict maximum damage which the roadside improvised explosive devices were not achieving," he told Sabahi. "It is the same tactic they used in Garissa last year when they stormed and opened fire in two churches and hotels leaving more than 20 dead."

The Westgate massacre is a wakeup call, Seriani said, and the public should be alert so that terrorists can be neutralised before they cross into Kenya.

The Kenyan government was blamed, too, for issuing conflicting information to the press as the terror at Westgate unfolded.

But Principal Secretary for Internal Security Mutea Iringo defended the government, saying it was deliberate tactic aimed at throwing the terrorists off balance.

"Silence is also a tactical weapon," he told Sabahi. "You do not want to engage in a public shouting match with a terrorist organisation."

While it was an unfortunate incident, Iringo said he hoped the Westgate attack would encourage world leaders to take action against al-Shabaab.

"Al-Shabaab is now not only a Somali headache but part and parcel of a global terrorist network that needs the world governments to dismantle," he said.

Top security officers are expected to appear before parliament next week as part of the investigation into the terrorist attack.

"The time for responsibility and accountability has come," defence committee chairman Ndung'u Gethenji said, according to Kenya's Daily Nation.

"We shall conduct a thorough, in-depth, incisive and unforgiving investigation into the events and the failures that led to the attack," he said at parliament shortly after his committee held a closed door meeting Thursday.

Gethenji said the joint committee, comprising members of the defence and national security committees, will call Kenya's intelligence chief, the Interior Cabinet Secretary, the Inspector General of Police and other top security officials to shed light on the attack.

28Sep/130

Kenya: Analysis: Mall raid rallies foreign support for ICC-indictee Kenyatta

From: maina ndiritu

Accused by prosecutors at the International Criminal Court of fomenting post-election bloodletting in 2007/2008, Kenyatta leads a nation that is now in the spotlight as a victim of crimes punishable under international law.

Saturday's raid on Nairobi's upscale Westgate mall, in which Islamist militants killed dozens of civilians in a hail of gunfire and grenades, has won Kenya words of support and firm condemnations of "terrorism" from leaders around the world.

This could shift the diplomatic scenario for a 51-year-old president, whose election in March as Kenya's head of state had already added a new dimension to the ICC prosecution against him. He denies encouraging the post-election violence that killed upwards of 1,200 people.

Kenyatta's allies are arguing that the security implications for Africa and the world of the weekend mall attack claimed by the Islamist militant group al Shabaab from neighboring Somalia should take priority over the president's obligations to the ICC, where he is due to face trial on November 12.

"Do you want to focus on the ICC when so much has to be done?" Moses Kuria, a strategist for Kenyatta's Jubilee coalition who has worked alongside him, told Reuters.

He suggested the ICC suspend its ongoing prosecutions against Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, for two to three years, to allow them to confront a threat to Kenya's security that the Kenyan leader has called an "international war".

"The security concerns of the world at this time would better be served by us focusing all our energies on fighting terrorism, and ... ensuring the whole of Africa will not be a safe haven for terrorism," Kuria said.

"Therefore, it will be untenable to have these cases continue," he added.

ICC judges on Monday adjourned Ruto's trial, which began this month, for a week to allow him to return home and deal with the mall attack crisis.

ICC spokesman Fadi El-Abdallah said Kenyatta's defense lawyers had filed a request for the Kenyan president to not physically appear at his trial in the Hague next month, but participate via video link.

All requests for adjustments, suspensions or postponements would be considered by the judges on a "case by case" basis, he told Reuters, without commenting further.

Western governments, obliged to walk something of a diplomatic tightrope in their relations with the ICC-indicted pair after their election, now seem willing to work more closely with them, especially in anti-terrorism cooperation.

TACKLING TERRORISM: "ESSENTIAL BUSINESS"

"I would regard the need to combat terrorism as essential business," the European Union's Africa Director Nick Wescott told Reuters. He was in Nairobi specifically to discuss with the Kenyan authorities the security implications of the weekend attack, which killed several expatriates as well as Kenyans.

Asked whether this would mean greater Western flexibility towards dealing with Kenyatta, Wescott said the two issues - the Kenyan leader's ICC trial and his international role in fighting Islamist extremist violence - should be kept separate.

But he added: "Let's see how it goes. It is essential that we all work as closely together as possible to deal with threats like this in Kenya, in Somalia, everywhere."

Reflecting this intensified cooperation, Kenyan Interior Minister Joseph ole Lenku said the United States, Israel, Britain, Germany, Canada and the police agency Interpol were assisting in the investigation of the Westgate mall incident and the identities of the attackers.

But for those who want Kenyatta to face justice and an end to what they call a culture of impunity in Africa, the idea of giving the Kenyan leader any judicial leeway is anathema.

"As tragic as the events at the Westgate mall are, the number of people killed there is a fraction of the people who were killed in the course of the events Kenyatta is accused of orchestrating," said Makau Mutua, a Kenyan-born law professor at New York's State University.

He criticized the one-week postponement of the Ruto trial, saying the ICC acted emotionally rather than logically. He added he saw "short-term sympathy" over the mall attack but "for Kenya, not for Kenyatta".

Global risk consultancy Maplecroft said the Shabaab attack on Kenya's leading shopping mall showed up how the ICC trials against the Kenyan leaders would be "hugely disruptive to the processes of governance" in east Africa's biggest economy.

"As such, the attack will provide another opportunity for Kenyatta and Ruto to demand that their hearings are switched from The Hague to Arusha in neighboring Tanzania, or postponed altogether," Maplecroft said in a briefing note.

Ratings agency Moody's said the assault would dent Kenya's growth, particularly by depressing tourism.

But Moody's Assistant Vice President Edward Al-Hussainy added in a statement: "We also expect it to give President Uhuru Kenyatta's new Jubilee coalition government an opportunity to galvanize a broader mandate and dull the international and domestic political effect of the ongoing International Criminal Court trial of the president and his deputy."

"STAND WITH US"

Kenyatta, who has up to now publicly pledged his cooperation with the ICC, has made clear that he is actively seeking international backing to confront the widening threat posed by cross-border jihadists like the weekend mall raiders.

In a speech addressing the nation and its "friends" late on Tuesday when he announced that security forces had defeated the attackers after a four-day siege, Kenyatta stressed that "terrorism is a global problem that requires global solutions".

"Kenya will stand with our friends in tackling terrorism and I ask our friends to stand with us," a somber president told his nation, adding that Kenya had "stared down evil and triumphed".

Since the mall attack, Kenyatta has received calls and messages of support from world leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Kenya is seen as a key ally in the fight against violent Islamist extremism in the Horn of Africa and Kenyan troops form part of an internationally-backed African peacekeeping force in Somalia that has put al Shabaab on the defensive.

In contrast, another ICC indictee, Sudanese President Omar Hassan al Bashir, who is accused of orchestrating genocide in Darfur and is defying an arrest warrant, is treated as a pariah by the West.

Kenya's government, backed by east African states and some other nations on a continent that is increasingly suspicious of a perceived anti-African bias by the ICC, had already asked the ICC to suspend the hearings scheduled for Kenyatta and Ruto.

African leaders are due to discuss the Kenyan prosecutions at the African Union next month, amid some calls for a walkout by African states from the decade-old ICC. [ID:nL5N0HC3MP]

The Hague court's prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda of Gambia, who is leading the cases against Kenyatta and Ruto, has given no indication so far that the ICC will ease up on the prosecutions.

In a statement on Tuesday, Bensouda said she was ready to work with Kenya and the international community to bring to justice those responsible for the weekend raid in Nairobi.

"Such attacks by armed groups upon innocent civilians are contrary to international law and may constitute a crime under the Rome Statute, to which Kenya is a State Party," she said.

Evelyn Ankumah, Executive Director of Netherlands-based Africa Legal Aid, said that from a legal point of view the Nairobi mall attack should not affect the ongoing ICC cases.

But Ankumah, whose organization supports human rights and criminal justice from an African perspective, said she could not rule out the possibility of the U.N. Security Council asking for Kenyatta's ICC trial to be deferred, maybe for a year.

"It would be naive to say that international criminal justice is not political," she said

(Additional reporting by Thomas Escritt in The Hague, Carolyn Cohn in London, James Macharia, Drazen Jorgic and Kevin Mwanza in Nairobi; writing by Pascal Fletcher; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

--
Why should we not all live in peace and harmony ? we look up the same stars , we are fellow passengers on the same planet and dwell beneath the same sky , what matters it along which road each individual endeavours to reach the ultimate truth ? the riddle of existence is too great that there should be only one road leading us to an answer *
*
*
QUINTUS AURELIUS SYMMACHUS
*
--
For Jobs, Tenders, Business Opportunities, join https://www.facebook.com/Opportunities.Kenya

28Sep/130

African leaders take anti-ICC battle to the UN

From: Judy Miriga

Good People of the World,

I give credit to Maina Nderitu for commenting slightly on the African leaders take on anti-ICC battle to the UN. Atleast Nderitu said something he believes on, sentiments that I do not agree with. Why would the rest of African people remain quite. Are they happy with this arrangement. It means people expect fate or vacuum space to speak for them, and It is why they are being taken advantage of. It is time Africans wake up and begin to defend their rights, by step of faith, Africans must uniting for common good and by a show of majority strength they must support an opinion that are in their favor..........No right thinking human being will perish in silence...........

I stood for justice and put my life on line for Kenya to dispute Kibaki’s win in the wake where 2007/8 things fall apart, and former President Bush declared President Kibaki winner. I stepped in, made my voice heard on behalf of the voiceless and organized a demonstration of more than 300 people to confront Bush Administration with facts. It was a turning point where true justice was finally delivered by the formation of a Commission of Eminent African Leaders led by Kofi Annan who established a Coalition Government in Kenya between Kibaki and Raila that finally was able to deliver the Reform Accord Agenda for the New Constitution of Kenya.

To say the least, once again; on behalf of the voiceless and for the voice of reason, I express feelings of disgust, disappointment and we are ashamed that African leaders at the UN New York conference degenerate without principle, concern or value to human rights respect or dignity and bowing down desperately to sell off Africa in a free loader shameless manner with intention to evade justice at the International office of the UN. Their purpose is to cover-up wickedness and evil doing of their network of International special business interest partners, who sponsor them in their massacre, atrocities and genocide in the nature of crime, violation and abuse against human rights. It is despicable (contemptible, ugly, unworthy, vile) that this is taking place in the 21st century in the watch of all great men and women, people of African descent of the world.

It is unbelievable that scores of men and women of African descent are not coming forward in large numbers to condemn this act of conspiracy theories of barbaric hooliganism lacking respect and dignity for moral values and virtues’ of Africanisation and call it for what it is in the crudest and ugliest language known on earth.

Because of scarcity of time, to throw some light and prove topical points in summary, I wish to state the following on behalf of many:

1) If Kenya was not able to provide security to save a situation at Wastegate in Nairobi attack because of disoriented and dysfunctional failed policing at Wastegate, in a polarized confused situation in the present Kenya, how will they provide a justified and trusted organize legal justice dispensation without fear or intimidation from external forces. Considering the magnitude where 2007/8 massacre was not only done by local people, but supported by the likes of Museveni and it is believed by many that Musevenis private military featured a great deal, where it ambushed, attacked and killed many people in Luo Nyanza region and where almost immediately after the attack, Museveni was rewarded with a gift of Migingo Island. How did Museveni acquire Migingo Island and hoisted his Country’s flag with Uganda Police to take charge and killed many Luo fishermen if there was no conspiracy plan where Kenya leadership engaged Museveni to do the unthinkable to Kenyans inside Kenyan land. If Kenya takes the case back from ICC Hague, how will Museveni be brought forward to face justice against the illegal territorial sovereign invasion of Kenya?

2) How will we ever know who the paymasters of Museveni were and why he together with his brother Salim Saleh from Somalia with Kagame, united to terrorize, maimed and commit genocide atrocities on Congo and the Great Lakes of East Africa with the use of M23 Militia group holed up in Congo Land and Al-shabaab holed in Kenya??? What are they up to???

3) Now that the Al-shabaab of Somalia origin is suspected to be led by Salim Saleh network of Islamic Fundamentalist Militia Group for purposes of terrorizing the Great Lakes Region of East Africa, if the Kenyan ICC Hague matter is returned back to Kenya, how will we ever know how M23 became a factor for terrorizing Congo and Al-shabaab became a factor on Wastegate attack because in truth, Kenya have no powers to prosecute Al-shabaab or Salim Saleh, or even Museveni for that matter which has turned a criminal threat to the international community and must be dealt at the international stage. How will Kenya provide the International stage to prosecute these crimes of humanity in the Great Lakes of East Africa ???

4) If the international community want to eliminate terror group from spreading their attacking and becoming a nuisance terrorizing the whole world, Kenya situation is the turning-point, where the conspiracy to commit massacre, atrocities and genocide was documented and arrested; the network of planners and financiers as special business interest who span across the cities and nations of the world, need to be known and face the law, so things can begin to be done the right way.

We need to know why Jendayi Fraser too became a subject of the matter starting with Ethiopia down to Uganda, Congo and Rwanda and into South Africa and whose foot-prints have been traced and noted up to the recent past where her boasting comments and support were noted in Kenya’s electioneering. We need to know why, a few people of the world engage in business of massacre and wiping out Africa to re-colonize Africa for their advantage and greed. This was coupled with Jesse Jackson coming to Kenya to intervene in Uniting Raila and Uhuru to join in the leadership of Kenya for their unfinished business, which is this unfinished business that was not incorporated in the Manifesto of the Coalition Government or transferred in the Constitution policy agreement……..people want to know if the unfinished business have a lot to do with the poverty in Africa, extra-judicial killings, massacre, atrocities and genocide crime against humanity in the Region of Africa; and whether it has anything to do with the recent Scramble for Africa land with the illicit theft of free loading of Africa’s wealth and mineral resources and why Africa is in constant extreme poverty level, pain and sufferings???

There are fears that names shall be named and these few greedy special business interest fear their names being published on the International Platform, but if this is not done at the ICC Hague, the special business interest network will not stop massacring poor innocent Africans. This ugly business has turned cronic cancer and it is spreading faster to the international community and therefore it must be stop and put to rest. It is because, all people have rights to leave a honorable and dignified livelihood.

5) Who is sponsoring and financing these private Militia Armies of Museveni and Kagame??? Who is the benefactor of crime, violation and abuse of human rights with environmental pollution in Africa………and How shall the world know the truth ICC Hague is not given opportunity to prosecute the injustices through the International network of the United Nations???

6) Once again, I am forced to believe that these African Union leaders have formed a banker to save their skin from their injustices in Africa.

7) We must avoid sacrificing one individual for the sin of many, and in this case, Ruto stand to be sacrificed alone as a lamb for slaughter, if the matter shall switch back to Kenya and this is unacceptable……It is here that Uhuru shall take Moi’s son to replace Ruto to appease the Kalenjins and this shall be the worst condemnation and a curse for Africa

8) In the instances of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and the Delta regions, are historically made up of very rich mineral resources, with culturally rich traditions yet daily life remains painfully a struggle for many as years go by, if ICC Hague fail to bring injustices to end in Kenya; third world war will lit the whole world, which is why terrorism has spread out and are holed up into Western World of European countries. Ask yourself why China is sitting pretty saying nothing about Kenyas attack of Westgate, yet they have spread all over the country and they are the beneficiaries of 90% of the Country’s Government Contracts ???

9) Government leadership of the world cannot deliver if it is paralyzed and is obstructed from functioning by the conspiracies of the Special Business Interest groups who financed Pirating, drug peddling, off-shoring business that evade paying taxes, the illegal currency laundering and the paying of the private militia groups who protect the network of the few special business interest selfish greed.

10) All people are equal before the law and all must play by the same set of rules for mutual common good of all. It is sad that these 1% of the global network of the special business interest control the United Nations and the World Bank to serve their selfish greed; and they have totally weakened these institutions from working the way they should and justice have been thrown out of the window……..

It is therefore, ICC Hague must be given a chance to prosecute the injustices that have pulled down Africa into a pathetic sorry state of extra-judicial killings and massacres, down trodden extreme poverty, pain and sufferings. Africa must be saved from these heineous acts of hooliganism with human rights crime, violations and abuse.

It is time to take a deep breath and rethink how to better improve the Global Region marketplace to provide opportunity fair to all without threats, fear-factor, intimidation, manipulation or monopoly.

The world shall become a happy place and full of love where mankind is free to evoke their strengths for innovation and improve lives under fair mutual competitive challenges of “Give and Take” and where opportunities are free for all to those who strive in their endeavors.

As the world watches the proceedings at the UN at New York, we expect all participants to remain realistic and truthful relevant on the face of injustices with acts of crime, violation and abuse of Human Rights.

We also Pray for President Obama to remain focused under prevailing difficult challenges at home and abroad and give him strength to engage without fear or favor at the UN meeting and advice accordingly.

May God help us all to engage constructively and face this overwhelming challenge for the good of all.

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson &
Executive Director for
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa
USA

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

email: jbatec@yahoo.com

- - - - - - - - - - -

From: maina ndiritu
Sent: Saturday, September 28, 2013 5:12 AM
Subject: African leaders take anti-ICC battle to the UN

The International Criminal Court "has degenerated into a political instrument targeting Africa" and is "adversely affecting" Kenya,

Ethiopia's prime minister declared Wednesday on behalf of the African Union.

Kenya should be allowed to "investigate and prosecute the cases under a reformed judiciary" provided for in the country's new Constitution, said Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in a speech at the United Nations.

"We believe it is very critical to support the peace building and national reconciliation processes in the country," the leader of Ethiopia, which currently chairs the 54-member AU, added.

Mr Hailemariam's attack on the ICC's handling of the Kenya cases is the second launched by an African leader at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in the past 24 hours.

Ugandan Head of State Yoweri Museveni also criticised the ICC's role in Kenya specifically and Africa generally in a speech on Tuesday.

The ICC's recent refusal to permit the trials of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President Ruto to take place in Kenya is "unhelpful," Mr Hailemariam further said.

He suggested that the ICC's insistence on holding the trials in The Hague is "adversely affecting the ability of the Kenyan leaders in discharging their constitutional responsibilities."

Noting that the United Nations has given "no response" to the AU's request for a deferral of the ICC prosecutions of Kenyans, Mr Hailemariam concluded his remarks on Wednesday by again urging the UN Security Council to respond.

The Ethiopian PM earlier in his speech reiterated the organisation's request for a deferral of the proceedings against Sudan President Omar al-Bashir.

Mr Bashir, who has been seeking to travel to New York, is charged with genocide and crimes against humanity in connection with the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region.

---------

African leaders take anti-ICC battle to the UN

Mr. President,

It is with great pleasure that I congratulate you on your election to this high office to preside over the 68th session of the General Assembly, which will be held under the theme: "Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage". I wish to assure you of the full support and cooperation of my delegation in the successful discharge of your heavy responsibilities. I would also like to commend your predecessor for the able leadership he demonstrated during the previous session.

Mr. President,

Let me begin by condemning the terrorist attacks in Kenya that claimed the lives of innocent civilians and left many more injured. I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the people and government of Kenya as well as to the families of the victims of this callous attack. This incident once again necessitates the need for us to renew our commitment to fight terrorism and extremism in all its forms and manifestations.

Mr. President,

I am addressing this Assembly today not only on behalf of my country but also representing the African Union, which Ethiopia is honored to Chair this year. It is a welcome coincidence that Ethiopia, which played host to the founding Conference of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) 50 years ago, assumed the rotating Chairmanship of this premier continental organization at a time when its Golden Jubilee is being celebrated.

We are indeed very pleased to have hosted the Special Summit of African Heads of State and Government that marked the Golden Jubilee of the OAU/AU on 25 May 2013, and I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to all those who sent their delegations to Addis Ababa to take part in the celebration and conveyed their messages of support and solidarity to the African Union. Since the Fiftieth Anniversary will be a year-long event, we would like to continue marking this historic milestone during this session of the General Assembly by reflecting on the relations between the United Nations and the OAU/AU over the last fifty years.

When the United Nations Charter was signed in 1945, much of Africa was under the yoke of colonialism. Since then, our continent has been liberated from the remnants of colonialism and other forms of subjugation. Today, it is gratifying to note that African countries constitute one of the largest groups in the United Nations General Assembly. I wish to seize this occasion to express my profound appreciation to the United Nations for its invaluable contribution in the decolonization process. However, we should not lose sight of the fact that not all the challenges we face in this struggle have been definitively settled, nor can we say the decolonization process has come to an end in all its forms. We should, therefore, renew our commitment to the completion of the decolonization process in Africa.

Mr. President,

In accordance with Chapter VIII of the United Nations Charter, the UN has indeed been working closely with the African Union and other regional mechanisms to advance its cardinal objectives. Over the last more than five decades, the cooperation and partnership between the OAU/AU and the United Nations has significantly expanded and deepened in a wide range of aspects and fields. We acknowledge with deep respect the meaningful cooperation the United Nations has provided to the then OAU and now the African Union to address the multifaceted challenges facing our continent. This notwithstanding, however, we are cognizant of the fact that a lot remains to be done to further enhance the cooperation and partnership between the African Union and the United Nations in the context of the changing dynamics both within Africa and the world at large. I earnestly hope that this historic occasion will afford us a unique opportunity to seriously reflect on our challenges and shortcomings with a view to strengthening our cooperation and partnership to better respond to the changing environment. I believe we need to adopt a flexible and innovative approach in the implementation of Chapter VIII of the UN Charter to enhance our partnership with the objective of addressing our common challenges.

Mr. President,

We are celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the OAU/AU at a time when the stereotypical narrative about Africa as a continent afflicted by poverty, diseases and conflicts has started to change slowly. In spite of so many difficulties that still persist, Africa has indeed turned the corner in reducing the number of conflicts plaguing the continent and promoting democratic governance as well as fighting poverty through accelerated economic growth and development. With its enhanced peace and stability, rapid economic growth, natural resource endowment and a growing middle class, Africa is certainly on the rise and this is attracting a lot of attention from the rest of the world. The 21st century will be an African century if indeed we harmonize our efforts to maintain and indeed speed up the rapid economic growth that Africa has been registering for the last decade or so. We have every reason to be optimistic that African renaissance is indeed around the corner.

This positive development is no doubt encouraging but we recognize that we can only achieve our aspirations for a peaceful, prosperous and integrated Africa by bringing about structural transformation.

That is why we are capitalizing on the Golden Jubilee celebration to chart a transformation agenda for Africa, which will be implemented over the next fifty years. We have also adopted the Strategic Plan of our Commission for the years 2014-2017 in our last session in May 2013, whose main objective is to lay a solid foundation for the realization of our vision in the short and medium term.

Mr. President,

It is indeed opportune that we are engaged in crafting our transformation agenda when intergovernmental negotiations have also started in earnest to develop the Post-2015 global development framework. I am glad that this session of the General Assembly will debate on this issue and I commend the High Level Panel Co-Chaired by Presidents of Indonesia and Liberia as well as and the Prime Minister the United Kingdom for presenting a comprehensive report to the Secretary- General. I hope this report will provide valuable inputs to our discussion on the Post-2015 Development Agenda during this session of the General Assembly.

Africa no doubt attaches paramount importance to this important issue and it has constituted a High Level Committee of Heads of State and Government to develop a common position and galvanize international support to ensure that the successes thus far achieved in the implementation of the MDGs are sustained and its development priorities beyond 2015 are fully taken on board. As our able Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) aptly put it, "what Africa needs is structural transformation and not structural adjustment". The development agenda that we are trying to set for Africa over the next 50 years is also aimed at achieving this fundamental objective with a view to eradicating poverty and ensuring sustainable development. With respect to the work of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, we intend to come up with a well thought-out African position as an outcome of the initiative of our troika: the AU Commission, the UNECA and the African Development Bank. In this context, we want to achieve a green revolution in Africa and ensure the food security of our peoples. The theme of the African Union in 2014 will be Agriculture and Food Security and promotion of CAADP, which will allow us to reinforce our commitment for the transformation of the agricultural sector in Africa. We are also convinced of the need for Africa to industrialize in order to accelerate its economic growth and generate employment, increase income and diversify exports. This can be done so on the basis of our factor endowments and taking into account the need for us to backward linkages. It poverty is downright increase value addition and exploit forward and cannot be emphasized enough that overcoming unsustainable without structural transformation and value addition which makes industrialization not an option but a must, unavoidable necessity for Africa. Let me state here how grateful we are to all those who have made partnership available to us to ensure that Africa develops the capacity for modern and affordable energy without which industrialization would be impossible to achieve

Furthermore, we would like to invest in infrastructure, which has been neglected over the past decades, to promote intra-African trade and fast-track regional integration. We are also committed to redouble our efforts in improving the overall wellbeing of our society. Particularly, we believe that Africa should reap the benefits of its demographic dividend by investing in its people. Educating our youth and upgrading their skills is critical to effectively utilize our human capital. Therefore, we very much hope that the global development framework beyond 2015 will be aligned to our development priorities and needs.

Mr. President,

We in Africa certainly recognize that we cannot realize our development aspirations in the absence of durable peace and security. That is the reason why we have dedicated tremendous efforts to addressing the scourge of conflicts in our continent. We are indeed very pleased to note the drastic decline in the number of conflicts in Africa in the course of the last decade with the exception of few situations. But we also understand that there is a new security dynamics in our continent with the rise of popular dissatisfaction in connection with demands yet unmet.

In this regard, the African Union has been exerting efforts to assist Egypt - a member State whose contribution to the decolonization process in our continent and to African Unity has been second to none - in overcoming its current difficulties in the spirit of African solidarity. The African Union is also extending all the necessary support to Tunisia in order to ensure a successful political transition through the adoption of a new constitution and the holding of elections. On the other hand, we welcome the successful conduct of elections in Mali that paved the way for the restoration of constitutional order in that country. The African Union is indeed firmly committed to continue assisting Mali in its efforts to ensure lasting peace, security and development. We draw satisfaction from the significant progress made in Somalia towards peace in the country and we are also encouraged by the agreement reached between the Somalia Federal Government and the Juba Interim Administration, which constitutes a signifi cant milestone in promoting peace and national reconciliation. at the Somalia Conference in Brussels certainly strengthen the momentum for building of the country. The New Deal announced on 16 September 2013, will the reconstruction and peace

Mr. President,

The security and humanitarian situation in Central African Republic still remains to be a matter of serious concern. I wish to reiterate our call to the United Nations to provide multifaceted support to the African-led International Support Mission in Central African Republic (AFISM-CAR), which will be deployed in that country to protect civilians and restore security and public order. On the other hand, the escalation of tension in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo also poses threats to the peace and security of the Great Lakes region and the continent as a whole. The only durable solution is for both the Government and the armed opposition to conclude their peace talks under the auspices of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). In this regard, I would like to welcome the outcome of the extraordinary Summit of ICGLR in Kampala on 5 September 2013. With regard to the relations between Sudan and South Sudan, the African Union in close collaboration with IGAD has established an Ad- Hoc Investigation Mechanism (AIM) to verify allegations made by the two countries of supporting and harboring dissident elements one against the other. The team is carrying out its work and I am hopeful that the outcome of this investigation will help the two countries to move forward in the implementation of the agreements that they have signed and the normalization of their relations. On a more practical level, the regular engagement that the leaders of the two countries are having will go a long way in breaking the impasse and resolving some of the difficult outstanding issues.

Mr. President,

I would like to raise one important issue, which has been a matter of serious concern for us in our efforts to promote peace, security and national reconciliation in the continent and regarding which there is a strong consensus in Africa. We in Africa, time and again, have affirmed our unflinching commitment to fighting impunity and promoting democracy, rule of law and good governance throughout the continent in conformity with the Constitutive Act of our Union. This has been empirically validated by bold actions taken by the AU in recent times.

When it comes to the ICC many of our member States ratified the Rome Statutes faithfully subscribing to its cardinal objectives and principles. Unfortunately, the manner in which the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been operating left a very bad impression in Africa. Instead of promoting justice and reconciliation and contributing to peace and stability, it has degenerated into a political instrument targeting Africa and Africans. This is totally unacceptable and that is why Africa has been expressing its serious reservation against the ICC. It is regrettable that our repeated request to the United Nations Security Council to defer the proceedings initiated against President A1- Bashir has neither been heard nor acted upon. We have also received no 11 response for our request for a deferralof the ICC investigations and prosecutions in relation to the 2008 post election violence in Kenya, in line with the principle of complementarity, to allow for a NationalMechanism to investigate and prosecute the cases under a reformed Judiciary provided for in the new constitutional dispensation. In light of the encouraging developments in Kenya with theadoption of the new Constitution, the reform of the Judiciary and theholding of successful legislative and presidential elections, we believe it is very critical to support the peace building and national reconciliation processes in the country. In this regard, the recent decision of the ICC in relation to the Kenyan situation is unhelpful adversely affecting the ability of the Kenyan leaders in discharging their constitutional responsibilities. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to onceagain urge the United Nations Security Council to respond to our requests.

Mr. President,

In an increasingly globalized and multipolar world, Africa obviously needs to forge multiple partnerships to realize its development aspirations and assume its rightful place in the international arena.

In this regard, it gives me great satisfaction to note that Africa's strategic partnership with both developed and emerging economies has expandedand deepened in recent years. This is the path we wish to pursue. Africa needs the solidarity of all sections of the international community and it is our hope that all the necessary support would be extended to Africa in the spirit of the Millennium Declaration, which has underlined so empathically the special situation of Africa. This, in our view, should bethe spirit with which the deficit in the implementation of MDG 8 must be treated during the very short remaining period of the MDGs.As I conclude, Mr. President, I wish to underline Africa's enduring commitment to this indispensible global body - a universal organization whose viability is an existential necessity. It is in that spirit that Africa will continue to nurture its close cooperation with the UN.

28Sep/130

Kenya: Convert Waste to Energy

From: Maurice Oduor

I made this proposal to Nairobi and the Ministry of Energy in 1996. But back then, no one cared to follow up on this because there was no money to coming from anywhere for them to steal !!!!

In fact my plan also included using the Sewage to make Natural Gas for cooking and for Power Generation.

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000094359&story_title=nairobi-in-sh28b-plan-to-convert-waste-to-energy

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?searchtext=Nairobi&searchbutton=SEARCH

Nairobi in Sh28b plan to convert waste to energy
Updated Thursday, September 26th 2013 at 22:20 GMT +3

By RAWLINGS OTIENO

A Sh28 billion Waste to Energy solutions initiative will see Nairobi city residents have a cleaner environment.

The Waste to Energy solutions will generate at least 70 mega Watts per hour of electricity to the national grid and address the perennial black out menace in the city.

Sustainable Energy Management (SEM), a German company will turn solid waste, organic and inorganic, recyclable and non-recyclable material into energy and at the same time make the city clean.

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero said that the modular plant by SEM is designed to take daily input of approximately 1,000 tons of waste of all kinds generated by Nairobi residents.

This project he said will make the city clean and get rid of the waste as well as create job opportunities for the youth.

“The project shall provide employment of 1,000 inhabitants in the first project and 250 employees directly on site in the second phase of the project. “We want to make sure that the city is clean and the Dandora dump site is cleaned,” said Kidero.

Memorandum of Understanding

Speaking during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the County Government and the German business moguls yesterday, Kidero said the two waste collection and management projects are designed to interact closely together in order to streamline waste logistics and also ensure reliability of the feedback to the SEM plant.

Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya Country Director Ingo Badoreck on his part said the SEM plant would emit very minimal pollution into the environment and at the same time making the city clean of waste.

Badoreck noted that the German business community would continue investing in other areas apart from sustainable energy management.

“We are pleased to sign this Memorandum of Understanding and hope that after the final signing, we will be able to set up the plant within 24 months to make the city of Nairobi clean,” said Badoreck.

He disclosed that there are over 50 German companies in the country employing over 3,500 workers and hope the figure would increase significantly once the plant is set up.

The integrated project offers opportunities and benefits to Nairobi and shall ensure a clean environment, provide clean energy and create employment opportunities for unemployed youths.

Garbage management is a major challenge in urban centres with garbage collection and handling demanding extra resources as well as community contribution.

28Sep/130

Hackers invade CJ Willy Mutunga communication channels, judiciary promises to act

From: Gordon Teti

REPUBLIC OF KENYA THE JUDICIARY OFFICE OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE September 27, 2013 STATEMENT ON THE HACKING OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE’S EMAIL AND OTHER ACTS OF CRIMINALITY

For a while now, the Judiciary has been grappling with the vulnerability of its communication, which has manifested itself in hacked e-mail accounts, the tapping of telephones, secret taping of meetings and the doctoring of official documents. The prevalence of these surveillance tactics has concerned the institution a great deal.

This country has fought long and hard to eliminate the culture of fear. Many people have paid a heavy price to eliminate this culture of being gratuitously spied on. In the past, reports have been made to the National Intelligence Service about people hacking into the Chief Justice’s Twitter account; and his email account has similarly been hacked in the past.

Keen to prevent the entrenchment of a mini police state within the institution, various efforts have been made to test whether or not the communication infrastructure in the Judiciary is secure. It cannot be normal that meetings are secretly taped, telephone conversations are habitually tapped and the email account of the Chief Justice – the head of an arm of government – can be routinely hacked.

The Judiciary leadership is determined to eliminate this surveillance culture by closing in on the small, cowardly and criminal enterprise that believes that it can violate official and private communication at will. Anyone who can hack an email can also doctor documents, and is essentially a criminal who deserves to be dealt with in accordance with the law.

This level of investment in surveillance is a clear indication of an overwhelming desire to control all communication. It also suggests that those behind it have something sinister to hide. It is a brazen attempt to take the institution hostage for financial, political, and administrative interests. Even judicial consultation and decisions would be at risk if this culture persists.

Whereas there are ongoing actions to review and audit the institution’s information and technology systems, the Judiciary is also investigating possible acts of criminality arising from the prevailing circumstances. The content of the statements published in a section of the media in reference to ongoing investigations within the Judiciary will not draw comment for now.

Indeed, as everyone is aware, the Judicial Service Commission has scrupulously followed due process and studiously avoided issuing statements on these investigations to steer clear of prejudicing the public interest or private reputations.

The Judiciary leadership is determined to conclude this matter in the right forum, and not to try any issue in the media.

Kwamchesti Makokha
Communication Office
Office of the Chief Justice

NOTE from the desk of Gordon Teti
It is payback time for the "six people" who presided over the presidential election petition at the Supreme Court following the contested Kenya presidential elections in March 2013. Surely, whoever said choices have consequences! Mutunga and his team are reaping the benefits of endorsing a rigged presidential victory.

27Sep/131

Kenya: westgate.Mkawasi’s take / FB

From: Kuria-Mwangi

Good observations MK. Those conspiracy theorists only help the terrorists as they read and watch us turns ourselves into the fools. Remember those who denied that the Holocaust never happened? May be it made the neo Nazis happy the way those spinning these conspiracy theories make the terrorists happy as they read them.

What we need is a sober approach to this menace, so I join Omollo and Wams is stating that yours is a sober piece.

On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM, Geoffrey Omollo wrote:

A sober take.

"Never be guilty of sacrificing any portion of TRUTH on the altar of PEACE.”J. C. Ryle.

Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:40:08 -0400
Subject: westgate.Mkawasi's take / FB
From: wams2006@ . . .

Mkawasi Mcharo Hall

Options for this story

It's easy in the midst of a storm to grab onto all that is sensational, all that is devoid of truth, all that trashes and negates real experiences both traumatic and heroic, and spread it like a virus. Be careful what you lend credence to in the name of "sharing."

Desist from being willing transmitters of clips and writings authored by those who love and thrive in the darker arts of weaving propaganda and conspiracies that block the path to truth and justice.

Yes, question, be very critical, be open-minded. But do not be the consummate undertaker who excitedly keeps burying the truth on behalf of creative self-serving liars. They love you for your free services, but mostly, they laugh at your gullibility. Be smart.

Mkawasi Mcharo Hall Wams, thanks for the question. Glad to answer it.

*moving back to podium.

1. Deniers: Those who deny it ever happened. A video clip getting thousands of hits internationally is already out “proving” that Nairobi’s Westgate attack never happened. Denying tragedies of great magnitude is common, e.g., Holocaust deniers. With time, it becomes a school of thought that helps bury truth, deny justice to those who seek it and invalidating the suffering of others. Unfortunately, I’ve seen this Westgate-never-happened clip by an American make its rounds among Kenyans, some who are actually entertaining the thought that someone cooked it all up for some selfish gains. The only person benefitting is the creator of the clip. It takes but one minute to research and see that this is someone who loves and thrives in this trade. If no disaster happens, he could arrange a public massacre of his own family just to create a denial. Cold.

2. Conspiracy theorists: Those who are spending hours building intricate plots “shockingly” revealing who really masterminded the whole macabre thing, usually some politician who stood to gain from such a disaster, and if such a politician lost loved ones, it was all part of the calculated collateral damage. The Kenyan conspiracy theorist are not the kind that watch too many Who-killed-JFK movies, they are the kind who are too sickeningly partisan, intent on grabbing any opportunity to destroy a political enemy. The worst thing about conspiracy theories, intriguing as they are, drawing us in with breathtaking what-ifs and who-done-it, is that they stop us from actually knowing the truth.

3. Propagandists: We could spend a semester on this one. In brief, they are on both sides, the good and the bad. I’m concerned about the bad. Right now, while we know the general truth of great loss and suffering, we don’t know the complete “inside story” of what exactly happened, the who-knew-what-and-when. It’s in the search for the inside story that we are coming undone. All we have is the spin from journalists and bloggers who claim they have the real scoop, some planted, some just cheap speculation. It’s good to engage in vibrant debate and questioning in the absence of the whole truth. But unfortunately a number of Kenyans are already using cheap propaganda to escalate partisan CORD-Jubilee wars, which in Kenyanese comes translates to a reignition of ethnic strife. So much for WeAreOne.

All the above hinder us from seeking and knowing the real truth at a time when there are so many unanswered questions. Those who hold the truth are happy about the sensational spread of denials, conspiracies and propaganda

27Sep/131

KENYA: WHY PRESIDENT UHURU WON’T SACK NIS BOSS

From: Ouko joachim
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013

Majority of Kenyan population will agree with NARC Kenya chairperson, Martha Karua that it will be impossible for President Uhuru Kenyatta to sack NIS boss Michael Gichangi, not only because he was appointed on basis of tribal, but because Gichangi is his confidante.

Karua has sensationally said President Uhuru Kenyatta and National Intelligence Service (NIS) boss, Brigadier Michael Gichangi, are incompetent on how they have handled country’s security matters especially Saturday’s Westgate terror attack.

On her twitter account on Thursday, Karua put blame on the NIS head over the deteriorating security in the country, saying that if the NIS was active and competent, Westgate’s terrorists attack could have been prevented from happening.

Like Karua, members of the National Assembly have also accused the National Intelligence Service of laxity, saying the agency's director General Michael Gichangi has failed to lead from the front.

Political analyst, Mutahi Ngunyi looks at it in different way. He wants Kenyatta, not only to fire Gichangi, but also Chief of General Staff, General Julius Karangi and Interior Ministry Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Ole Lenku for their incompetence over Westgate Mall’s terrorist attack.

On his twitter account on Wednesday, Mutahi said Uhuru has no option but to sack the three generals if he wants the country’s security to improve.

This is not the first time Gichangi has been blamed for sleeping on his job. In November 2009 former Prime Minister Raila Odinga accused him of misleading President Kibaki and "poisoning" his ears with anti-US and anti-reform information.

If we can go with what Mohammed Ali and his Jicho pevu revealed in their investigative journalism, expressing fears that NIS, led by Michael Gichangi may have contributed widely to a failed probe of Prof George Saitoti’s death, then you can immediately tell how difficult will be for Kenyatta to do away with Gichangi.

Even though a country’s intelligence service should be its’ pride and everybody should be confident that the nation’s intelligence network is well able to take care of the beloved motherland’s national security, with this background it seems that NIS works for some private agenda and malicious mission.

Apparently, that is why the NIS does not have any clue as to what was going on with insecurity in the country. It explains why Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has also accused the National Intelligence Service of culpability in Saturday’s Westgate attack.

Sonko claimed in the Senate that he had two months ago warned the NIS of the imminent attacks but he was ignored. Sonko who made the remarks when the House adjourned to debate the attack in which 69 people died told the Senate that he had received information concerning the attacks from three Asian women, who reside in Westlands and Parklands areas.

He said he had then furnished NIS with information detailing the suspected terrorists, who had planned to bomb two private entities and two key national installations, adding that the women had told him that terror attacks were imminent at Westgate and Village Market shopping malls and the two Houses of Parliament.

There has been speculation over Gichangi’s possible re-appointment by former President Mwai Kibaki despite objection from PM Raila Odinga following claims that evidence given by the intelligence agency to the Waki commission may have led to the incrimination of key government officials.

Among those the ICC wanted to indict were the Head of the Public Service Francis Muthaura and Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta. Others were Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey, William Ruto of Eldoret North, Post Master General Maj-Gen (rtd) Hussein Ali and Kass FM radio presenter Joshua arap Sang.

If this was the case then it is very clear that Gichangi was appointed for impunity and not the interest of Kenyan people. Among those who have served as intelligence chiefs in Kenya are the late James Kanyotu and Brigadier (rtd) Wilson Boinett.

Under the new Constitution enacted by parliament to govern its functions is known as the National Intelligence Service (NIS), along with other security organs that include the Kenya Defence Forces and the National Police Service. The NIS Director General is a key advisor to the President on matters of national security.

The National Intelligence Service is responsible for security intelligence and counter intelligence to enhance national security in accordance with the Constitution. In the past, it was known as the Special Branch (SB).

Major General Gichangi took over from Brigadier (rtd) Boinett on January 20, 2006 when he also held the rank of Brigadier. He was formerly director of the National Counter-Terrorism Centre and had a career in the Kenya Air Force, since 1977.

Boinett's replacement by Gichangi was speculated by some sections of Kenyan people, not only as a process that reeks of tribal cronyism and the use of all instruments of power so that Kibaki could stay in power through (and beyond) the 2007 elections, but also help him cover up some malicious agenda.

Boinett’s removal took Kenyans by surprise despite the fact that he transformed the NSIS from a domestic political tool into a modern professional intelligence service with an emphasis on external threats.

Recognizing that change was needed, Boinett's leadership garnered the NSIS domestic and international respect for its relative apolitical nature and seriousness of purpose.

Boinett was distrusted from the start of the Kibaki administration by many of his close tribesmen. That is why Kibaki insisted that Gichangi had to be reappointed NIS for another five years term whether Raila wanted it or not.

Brigadier Michael Gichangi is an ethnic Kikuyu, the President's tribe which (along with the smaller, affiliated Embu and Meru tribes from the Mt. Kenya area) has an increasing lock on major power positions in both Kibaki and Uhuru government.

Gichangi is reportedly close to both former Cabinet Secretary Muthaura and former Security Minister Christopher Murungaru. It explains why during his concluded tenure as head of the National Counter-Terrorism Center, Gichangi fought tooth and nail against the creation of a Joint Terrorism Task Force designed to bring police, prosecutors and intelligence experts into a joint team.

Relatively new to NIS, Gichangi is as well-known for being a political operator as he is a military professional. Born September 9, 1958 in Kirinyaga District, Central Province, Gichangi joined the Kenyan Air Force as an F-5 pilot in 1977. In 1982 he became an F-5 instructor.

From 1986-1991, Gichangi served as a staff officer (planning) at KDoD Headquarters, Nairobi. He worked in a UN observer force in Iraq, 1992-93. He served as an instructor at the Defence Staff College, 1993-96 in Karen, Nairobi.

From 1996-97, Gichangi served as a commanding officer of the Air Force's Flying Wing. He then served as Commander of the Laikipia Air Base, 1997-2001, before being appointed chief of strategic plans and policy at KDoD Headquarters, where he helped draft the first version of KDoD's "White Paper" on national defense strategy.

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
Tel +254 7350 14559/+254 722 623 578
E-mail omolo.ouko@gmail.com
Facebook-omolo beste
Twitter-@8000accomole

Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ
UN Disarmament
Conference, 2002

27Sep/130

Kenya: Who is Securing US?

From: Ali Abdallah

Westgate; The questions that need to be answered!!

What happened to our country was very tragic and horrific and most of us cannot bear the thought of what the victims experienced during the events of the horrific tragedy.

I appreciate what the defense forces, police and all security units involved eventually did and in no way whatsoever do I take their effort for granted.

However, it is time we looked at the situation with the harsh reality of what it is.

1. Is this the first hostage situation?

We do acknowledge the fact that Westgate was probably targeted due to; its location is an upmarket shopping complex frequented by foreigners (expats mainly) as well as wealthy Kenyans and in all fairness, this is the first terrorist related hostage situation of this complexity on Kenyan soil; however it is not the first of its kind in this country.

· Please allow me to remind fellow Kenyans of the number of car-jacking cases that happen in Nairobi alone on a weekend?

· Remember how many cases we have of kidnap and ransom cases in this country, mainly in Nairobi and its immediate environs?

· How many cases of robbery in public transport vehicles do we know of, if we have not experienced them ourselves?

· How many cases of matatu hijackings take place?

These are but a few of the local terror situations that the common mwananchi goes through on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. And my question is before we go complementing security forces in the country, what has the police force done to tackle this small* cases? (Small in comparison to the Westgate attack)

In all fairness, each and every Kenyan has experienced the harsh reality of Police hostility even when one is reporting a case.

We all know that Police hotlines are almost never useful; as was proven during a TV interview where they called the Hotline numbers LIVE!!

2. How long have we been receiving threats

Our country has received a number of threats, which in fact was a major driving force pushing Kenya to go into Somalia; this led to grenade attacks in the CBD, killings in various areas of the country and the eventual beef up in security within the country which was of course led to the financial boost of “security” services. This was followed by scandals of fake surveillance equipment being supplied to Kenya and the eventual question we all asked when we frequented a mall:

· Do they (askari’s) know what they are looking for?

· Why wasn’t I frisked even after the detector beeped?

· Why wasn’t the inside of my car checked? Areas such as the glove compartment etc.?

· Why wasn’t I searched when inside my vehicle?

· Why isn’t there a lady guard to check my companion?

· Why wasn’t the mzungu in front of me searched while I am being stopped?

3. How many victims died?

Why do we all have this gut feeling that the government is lying to us? I am Kenyan and I deserve to know how many of my brethren fell victims to the attacks.

With such secrecy and inconsistency over the matter, one can only speculate:

· We know how our police force has previously killed innocent lives.

· Could some victims have fallen been caught in “friendly fire”?

· We did hear that some GSU were accidentally shot by KDF! This may not have been verified, but I would like to know if there is a possibility if any of this happening?

4. How many attackers were there?

Initial reports claimed 5 attackers being led by a woman. This reports eventually matured to a number of 10-15. What intel was used to provide such information? A variation of 10-15 is too big a variation (50%).

If only 5 were killed by our forces, where were the others? If they were on a suicide mission;

· Why did the remaining 10 (if there were 10) let the 5 face the forces while they barricaded themselves?

· Why (according to certain claims) would they dress up as women only to change their attire later?

· Why hold up for so long if they had all the explosives?

· Initially it was claimed that the KDF started the fire, at what point were the explosives set off?

· ……..Etc!!!

5. How was this planned in our country?

There have been claims of intelligence having knowledge about the presence of this group in Kenya and planning of this attack, if this is deemed to be true;

· Why was it allowed to happen?

· How was it allowed to happen?

· Who allowed it to happen?

6. How prepared is Kenya

Kenya has barely recovered from the fire at the country’s biggest international airport. The fire was an eye opener on the lack of preparedness we have for crisis situations.

We still experience massacres in the country at the Moyale border where people mercilessly kill each other; Remember Tana River!!!

· Fire brigades have been known to have a reputation for “time keeping”;

· Police have a reputation for collaborating with thieves and basically doing nothing about everything.

· The same forces apparently let go of an assailant even after it was pointed out to them by a victim.

The questions are endless, but I would like to say this; certain factors played a role either directly or indirectly in the unfortunate happenings that take place in our country. Some of which are:

· Poor command/hierarchy of command in security forces.

· Poorly educated, prepped and ill-prepared security forces as well as supporting services such as fire.

· Poor communication between various security forces.

· Corruption, the mother of all evil in Kenyan society.

· Neglect of the forces from the government, to ensure the forces are up to date on security measures in the 21st century.

· Lack of proper remuneration of security forces.

· Improper blending in of the judicial system to work hand in hand with police force.

Is this going to be an eye opener or are we going to do what Kenyans are good at, wake up in a months’ time and live like nothing happened?

It is time we questioned our law makers where our money is going to if we cannot get security within our borders, our businesses are not secure, our families are not secure and in essence our livelihood is not secure.

As they are busy giving themselves hefty bonuses, surrounding themselves with heavy security for themselves.
Who is securing us?

Yours Truly,
Ali Abdallah.

26Sep/130

Kenya: Security of the People cannot be Compromised

From: Judy Miriga

Good People!

The concerns of the people are very clear. This is the moment all Kenyans and the world are united against acts of terror. No amounts of threats or fear-factor shall win over democratic space for good governance where people’s livelihood and survival is threatened. Reform change under the New Constitution in Kenya, brought about democratization process which the people want. The Police Reform for purposes of security to all, is one agenda top on the list that was underscored. Police Reform leadership demands that, all must go through a clearance threshold process, to determine Responsibility with Integrity of a person put in-charge to discharge and render services in compliance with public mandate requirement; failure to which people have rights to demand for change. No amount of mini reshufling will save Uhuru/Ruto government from pressure of the angry people who are faced in the urgency of now.............the urgency to reform economic security, social welfare security and political security which sums up peoples safety-net to secure their progressive development agenda without fear, intimidation or manipulation..............

It is troubling that, from the beginning people complained about Kimemias’ appointment. It should not have taken Uhuru and Ruto this long to cooperate and do what the people want. Consequently, after the terror attack at Westgate, the pain in the minds of many are evident. No serious leader would want to do something that would compromise their trust for the people. The manner at which the appointment is hurriedly made to replace Kimemia is suspicious and is not right which is about to cause ripples of serious conflicts endangering peace amongst the people of Kenya.

Uhuru and Ruto governance is very much on a shaky ground and this is not the time Uhuru and Ruto want any kind of pressure from the public who now feel cheated after the Westgate terror attack where too many questions still linger that require to be addressed urgently before people unite to hit the streets all over the world with songs to demand Uhuru/Ruto leadership is threatening human rights, livelihood and survival…….that, ”Uhuru/Ruto must go”……….When fire begin to burn, it is just right to do what is right, to put out the fire from burning and save a situation instead of letting fire to go up in flames and burn everything into ashes………..

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,
USA

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com/

- - - - - - - - - - -

1) ----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Fred Osewe
Sent: Thursday, September 26, 2013 11:15 AM
Subject: BREAKING....JOSEPH KINUA APPOINTMENT

They colluded and betrayed Kenyans on this appointment just the same way they "consulted" to stage manage the West Gate scandal! Talk of digital but empty shell leaders!

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man- if you want anything done ask a woman.

From: Maurice Oduor
Sent: Thursday, September 26, 2013 10:38 AM
Subject: BREAKING....JOSEPH KINUA APPOINTMENT

Roz,

They consulted to make a tribal appointment. What else is new. As long as those 2 are concerned, Kenya is made up of Kikuyus and Kalenjins only. What a way to run a country of 42 tribes !!!!!!

On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 10:25 AM, roz kahumbu
wrote:

Karario. I guess The President and the Vice President consulted.

Next?

roz

From: mark kirario
Sent: Thursday, September 26, 2013 5:18 PM
Subject: BREAKING....JOSEPH KINUA APPOINTMENT

What the hell is this, just coming hot on hills of the WESTGATE sober appeal slogan "we are one" country, one population?

Uhuru could have used this chance to heal and reconcile 'our' country by making a bypartisan choice, not necessarily from his own and Rutos tribe.

Any among the remaining 40+ strong tribes who can perform better adminstrative functions than that financial guru, could have done the trick.

If we speak the truth, we are branded tribalist, selfish and egocentric minds.But I remind them this, that the significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

When it comes to government appointment (s) the ruling elites just knows only one or two tribes, but cry wolf and crocodile tears at the time of national calamities, foreign barbaric intrusion like the Westgate siege, and any other terrorist attack.

Rewind back your memory and reflect how Kenyans wholeheartedly contributed via m-pesa, how they lined up to offer blood donations, how the military and uniformed armed policemen picked randomly accross the republic, put their lives on the line to save other Kenyans.

Then bang, back to old usual ways.....SHAME....

Kirario
------------------------------------------

2) ----- Forwarded Message -----From: Jack Ndunya
Sent: Thursday, September 26, 2013 9:36 AM
Subject: ??? Hard questions Kenyans want answered after Westgate terror attack

I here you all Brethren, Indeed lots of questions arise as a result of mishandled flow of information by the people concerned which if combed to the teeth, will put all to questio. 1. We were told the KDF had "neutralized" the terrorists! were also informed that the terrorists were "cornered", the meaning of both words are,

Neutralize means to render ineffective, meaning they were dis-powered.
cornered means The area enclosed or bounded.

Now,, all these words were spoken by the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and the Chief of staff before the building caved inn, so the Big Q is WHO brought the three floors of the West gate down if the terrorists had been immobilized?

Where are the deadly weapons which were used by the terrorists?

The eleven who were arrested, where were they captured?

Jexx in the hood

From: Evans MACHERA
Sent: Thursday, September 26, 2013 6:52 AM
Subject: Re: ??? Hard questions Kenyans want answered after Westgate terror attack

Judy,

China have their interests and style of approach to international issues guided by their foreign policy ;- be friendly and make economic gains. Anything else,ikae.

So get valuers to count the losses, and tender for the mall re-building and re-construction and you will see China in true colours.

Peace be still.

Evans MACHERA

From: Judy Miriga
Sent: Thursday, September 26, 2013 3:01 AM
Subject: ??? Hard questions Kenyans want answered after Westgate terror attack

Good People!

Hard questions indeed with so many questions that continue to

remain unanswered.........Where are the arrested terrorists ???

AND why does it take China so long to send their rambi rambi?

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,
USA

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com/

Kimaiyo announces mini-reshuffle in police force to boost security
Updated Thursday, September 26th 2013 at 11:00 GMT +3
By Cyrus Ombati

NAIROBI, KENYA: Four senior police officers including North Eastern Regional Coordinator (RC) Mr Charlton Mureithi have been moved in a mini reshuffle.

Mureithi has been moved to City Hall in Nairobi to be in charge of the newly created Security and Compliance section. He will be replaced by Mr Henry Barmao from police headquarters.

The new Eastern RC is Mr Yaa Baya, formerly the chief licencing officer. Baya will replace Mr Mercus Ochola who has been moved to Kiganjo police college and named the deputy commandant.

The changes were announced by Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo as part of efforts to bolster security in the affected areas.

Most parts of North Eastern had been experiencing insecurity and terror related incidents in the past months which claimed more than 100 lives and injured tens others.

But since April, there has been improved security in the area until Wednesday night when gunmen killed a man in a grenade attack in Wajir Town.

A member of the gang identified as Ayub Omar Gullet, was arrested by police after he was shot on the stomach by his colleagues.

He is being interrogated. Another gang raided a police post in Mandera on Thursday and killed two officers before torching 11 vehicles in rage.

They also bombed the local DO's office before they escaped with the officers’ guns.

Kenya Works With Interpol to Track Down Mall Attackers
By David Malingha Doya & Sarah McGregor - Sep 26, 2013 6:35 AM CT

Kenyan authorities are sharing a list of suspects with the international police agency, Interpol, to help track down those involved in the attack on a Nairobi shopping mall in which at least 72 people died.

“Details of arrested individuals and any other suspects linked to the attack are running through Interpol’s database for potential leads,” the Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre said today on its Twitter account.

Kenyan forensic investigators at the scene of the raid are being assisted by experts from Israel, the U.S., Germany, Canadaand Britain in a probe that’s expected to last at least a week, according to Interior Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku.

The government has said it doesn’t expect the death toll to rise significantly. Authorities are sifting through the rubble after three floors in the Westgate Mall collapsed following blasts and a fire that broke out during the four-day standoff. An unknown number of people were held captive or in hiding during the assault.

The attack was the deadliest since al-Qaeda bombed the U.S. Embassy in downtown Nairobi in August 1998, killing 213 people. Al-Shabaab, the Somali-based Islamist militia that claimed responsibility for the Sept. 21 raid, had threatened to strike after Kenya deployed troops in Somalia in October 2011 to fight the militants, blaming them for a series of kidnappings and the murder of a British tourist in Kenya. The al-Qaeda-affiliated group denied the accusations. The dead include 61 civilians, six security officers and five assailants.

More Bloodshed

Al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Godane, in a message posted online, said his fighters carried out the mall attack, and warned of“more bloodshed” unless Kenya withdraws its forces from Somalia.

Kenyan security forces used armored vehicles and weapons including heavy machine guns to end the assault. The Kenya Red Cross said that 71 people were missing as of Sept. 24.

There is “increased public anxiety on account of missing persons, the disruption caused by the continued crisis and inadequate information flow,” the Red Cross said today. Ole Lenku said in an interview today that the government’s estimate of the death toll “has not changed” since Sept. 24.

Two Kenyan police officers were killed and one was wounded in an attack today on a county-government office in northeastern Mandera, near the Somali border, the Interior Ministry said on its Twitter account. In Wajir, also in the northeast, one person died and four were injured from a grenade blast in a market yesterday, it said.

Kenyan Stability

Kenya’s relative stability in a troubled region has attracted companies including Toyota Motor Corp. (7203), International Business Machines Corp., General Electric Corp. and Google Inc. (GOOG)to set up bases in the East African nation. The United Nations’African headquarters are also in Nairobi.

The attack may curb government revenue and is “credit negative,” Moody’s Investors Service said in a Credit Outlook report today. The biggest impact on the country’s economic growth will be on its tourism industry, which accounts for 12.5 percent of gross domestic product, it said.

The shilling advanced for a third day, strengthening 0.2 percent to 87 per dollar by 2:27 p.m. and heading for its strongest close since July 19. The Nairobi Securities Exchange’s FTSE NSE 25 Index gained 0.8 percent to 166.53.

Lunchtime Attack

The attack began around lunchtime when as many as 15 gunmen stormed the upscale mall, throwing hand grenades, firing automatic weapons and forcing panicked patrons to flee the building or hide inside the more than 80 shops in the complex. The government said more than 1,000 people were rescued.

Investigators are trying to confirm the nationalities of the attackers, Ole Lenku said. Kenyan Foreign Secretary Amina Mohamed said on Sept. 23 that two or three Americans and a female British citizen participated in the attack. A British national has been arrested in Kenya, according to a statement e-mailed yesterday by the U.K. Foreign Office.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said yesterday that investigators haven’t confirmed claims that Americans participated in the attack. “At this point, we don’t have any verification that any Americans have been involved in the attack as attackers,” he told reporters in Washington.

Citizens from the U.K., India, France, Canada, South Africa, China and Ghana are among the dead.

Troop Commitment

African leaders remain committed to continue battling al-Shabaab’s forces in Somalia, the African Union’s Peace andSecurity Council said in a statement on its website.

The continental body will “continue its efforts in Somalia, in order to rid the country and the region of terrorist and criminal groups, and bring about lasting peace, security and stability in Somalia,” it said.

Al-Shabaab has been fighting Somalia’s government since at least 2006. The militant group claimed responsibility in July 2010 for coordinated bomb attacks in neighboring Uganda that killed 76 people watching the soccer World Cup final at two venues. Al-Shabaab said it targeted Uganda because the country had troops serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia.

The African Union has a more than 17,000-member peacekeeping force in Somalia that includes the Kenyan troops.

To contact the reporters on this story: David Malingha Doya in Nairobi at dmalingha@bloomberg.net; Sarah McGregor in Nairobi at smcgregor5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Nasreen Seria at nseria@bloomberg.net

UN court jails Liberia’s Taylor for 50 years on appeal
By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE | September 26, 2013

LEIDSCHENDAM, Sept 26 – A UN-backed appeals court on Thursday confirmed Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor’s 50-year sentence for arming rebels during Sierra Leone’s brutal 1990s civil war.

“The appeals chamber… affirms the sentence of 50 years in prison and orders that the sentence be imposed immediately,” judge George King told the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL).

Sent: Thursday, 26 September 2013, 11:59
Subject: Africa: INTERPOL team deployed to assist Kenyan investigation into Westgate shopping centre terror attack

PRESS RELEASE

INTERPOL team deployed to assist Kenyan investigation into Westgate shopping centre terror attack

INTERPOL’s role is to help coordinate the international response in support of the Kenyan authorities

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 26, 2013/ -- An INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT) (http://www.interpol.int/) has been deployed at the request of Kenyan authorities to provide on-site assistance to the Westgate shopping centre terror attack investigation.

Logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/interpol.jpg

Headed by INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services Jean-Michel Louboutin the team includes Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) and data specialists who will carry out real-time comparisons against INTERPOL’s global databases on DNA and fingerprints and other evidence gathered from the crime scene.

The IRT, which arrived in Nairobi on Wednesday, will also ensure the swift dissemination of all forensic information, photographs of the suspected terrorists, details of arrested individuals and any other suspects linked to the deadly assault, to INTERPOL’s 190 member country network for comparison against national databases to identify any potential leads.

“INTERPOL’s role is to help coordinate the international response in support of the Kenyan authorities as they investigate this horrific incident, and to assist their actions at the regional and international levels,” said Mr Louboutin.

“Whether it be through comparison of information against INTERPOL’s global databases, or the issuance of a notice to identify a victim, locate a wanted person, or seek additional information about suspects, we will offer all necessary assistance to help bring those responsible to justice,” added Mr Louboutin.

In addition to the IRT deployment, support is also being provided to Kenya’s national authorities via INTERPOL’s Regional Bureau in Nairobi and the 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre (CCC) at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France.

The CCC will also act as a central liaison to the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus of all the involved countries to ensure any ante mortem data on those killed during the attack, both victims and suspected perpetrators, is received as quickly as possible by Kenyan authorities.

INTERPOL also stands ready to mobilize additional support from its global network of DVI and other experts, with officers from its Counter-terrorism and Criminal Analysis Units examining all INTERPOL databases to determine whether any links can be drawn between this terrorist act and other incidents around the world.

Distributed by the African Press Organization.

SOURCE
INTERPOL

Suspected terrorists kill two police officers in Mandera town
Updated Thursday, September 26th 2013 at 10:06 GMT +3

By Cyrus Ombati

MANDERA, KENYA: Men believed to be terrorists attacked a police station in Mandera Town near the Somalia border and killed two police officers, injure three others before burning at least 11 vehicles on Thursday morning.

Seven of the vehicles were extensively damaged in the attack, police said.

They also threw a Rocket Propelled Grenade ( RPG) on the local DO’s office burning it down before escaping in the 3 am incident.

Outgoing North Eastern police boss Charlton Mureithi said the gunmen struck as most of the officers at the Administration Police post were a sleep.

"They have caused much destruction and deaths before escaping but we hope they will be caught," he said.

The attackers are said to have taken their time at the station after ambushing and shooting the officers at close range.

They doused the vehicles parked at the station with petrol before setting them on fire. According to Mureithi, they later threw an RPG on a house at the station before escaping.

The injured officers were expected to be flown to Nairobi later on Thursday for further treatment.

The attack was the second one in a day following another one that occurred earlier on Wednesday night in Wajir Town.

One man was killed and four others wounded following an explosion and shooting.

Police said gunmen hurled two grenades at a crowd but one exploded in the 7 pm incident. And as they were escaping they opened fire killing one man and injured three others.

One of the attackers was injured by the grenade that exploded and was later arrested, police said. He is in custody helping police with investigations.

Wajir police boss Isaiah Odhiambo said they have tightened security in the town.

"We managed to arrive at the scene in time and arrested one suspect in the attack," he said.

The attacks came in the wake of frequent terror related attacks in the country, the latest being Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, most of which have been claimed by the Al-Shabaab militants who said they are part of retaliation to Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) involvement in the security matters within Somalia.

26Sep/130

Poem against terror, Hope Kenya

From: Caroline Nderitu
Date: Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 9:17 AM
Subject: Poem against terror, Hope Kenya
To: jaluo@jaluo.com

By Caroline Nderitu

CCL would like to dedicate this issue to all Kenyans, especially the families affected directly by the Westgate siege. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

Why does the sun continue to rise
Into the Kenya sky each day?
Why do we get up every morning?
Why is there breath in our lungs?
Why are we still here?
Hope
For hope we live

Not because the path to healing
Stretches nice, wide and easy
Beneath our feet
Not because the skies
Have been calm above our heads
And the winds calm on our sides
But for hope
For hope we live

Hope is the colour in our eye
Hope is the flavour in our voice
Hope is valour in our step
Hope
For hope we live

[ . . . ] Read full poem
http://cts.vresp.com/c/?CCLTrainingandExecut/12d8c8f7ab/38716685b1/7567f4bc3e

26Sep/130

Kenya: Hard questions Kenyans want answered after Westgate terror attack

From: geoffrey osiemo

Evans/Judy,

May be the Chines are not seeing the world and life the way we see it. May be they are in another realm looking down at the drama of life.

Did you hear them when Assad gasses people recently?

May be they talk in a language we do not understand.

What of the Russians? I used to hear of them during the hay day of Jaramog Oginga Odinga. Nowadays they have nothing to do with Africa.

Anyway, may be these guys have enough on their plates in their own countries. And even before they talk the Kenya government has to come out clean. These terrorists were known and reported to the security agencies and what has happened to them after the massacre. The way the government is releasing the information is disconcerting indeed.

There could be more that we do not know and we may not know.

May the Almighty God rest rest the souls of the diseased in eternal peace. And may those who are injured and will remain with the scares of the tragedy know that by the Grace of God they are alive.

Namaste.
GOO.

- - - - - - - - - -

From: Evans MACHERA
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 8:52 PM
Subject: ??? Hard questions Kenyans want answered after Westgate terror attack

Judy,

China have their interests and style of approach to international issues guided by their foreign policy ;- be friendly and make economic gains. Anything else,ikae.

So get valuers to count the losses, and tender for the mall re-building and re-construction and you will see China in true colours.

Peace be still.

Evans MACHERA

From: Judy Miriga
Sent: Thursday, September 26, 2013 3:01 AM
Subject: ??? Hard questions Kenyans want answered after Westgate terror attack

Good People!

Hard questions indeed with so many questions that continue to remain unanswered.........Where are the arrested terrorists ???

AND why does it take China so long to send their rambi rambi?

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,
USA

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com/

From: Tebiti Oisaboke
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 10:30 AM
Subject: ANGRY

Gesare

I'm equally extremely angry as you are. Reason being that, the Jubilee Gov't doesn't want to tell us and the world the truth and the whole truth about this heinous attack on our land and its holding everything to its self. We are being given an unconfirmed reports about how many victims lost their lives here and there. First on Sun the Red Cross had 68 deaths and 150 injured and when Buresident Junior addressed the nation he gave us a much lower figure. Which is which and whom do we believe? Today the Al Shabab are claiming that they massacred 137 while the Junior's Gov't disputes that figure and says its only 72 victims. Another interesting thing to note is that, why would Kamwana turn down any kind of assistance offered to solve this menace from the Western countries? Amazingly this wasn't the first time he has done this. He did it before when the Int'l arrival terminal at Embakasi Airport was touched a few moons ago. How much hatred do we have for the Western leaders to decline even the slightest assistance when we are really in need?????
May God bless Kenya's Wanjikus

TOI

------------------------------

From: Fortunato Gesare
Sent: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 3:45 PM
Subject: ANGRY

I must express my anger at what has been going on in my Country. I have resisted saying something but my silence is killing me because as I look at pictures, watch TV, and listed to Radio, the more I get angry and frustrated...GOD BLESS MY COUNTRY and may you bestow peace to those equally angry.

“Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.”
? Malcolm X

Hard questions Kenyans want answered after Westgate terror attack
Updated Wednesday, September 25th 2013 at 17:15 GMT +3
By Digital Reporter

Nairobi, Kenya: Kenyans have asked prodding questions directed at government authorities and demanded for answers which the State has avoided answering since the Saturday massacre.

Without a detailed blow by blow account of what transpired at the upscale shopping mall, questions were fired from the citizens as well as a section of members of the National Assembly even as State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu ducked some questions from the media.

From questions about the effectiveness of the National Intelligence Service, to how the sophisticated, well planned and executed massacre happened and why it was not prevented dominated discussions online and on FM radio stations.

Members of the public spoke as the media awaited government briefing on the progress of investigations from the Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku later Wednesday afternoon.

Their questions exposed how the Jubilee Government communicated incoherently at times contradicting each other.

Kenyans are also demanding to be furnished with the official death toll of the massacre especially the number of people buried in the mall after it was taken over by security forces. Some are demanding to be shown bodies and pictures of the terrorists arrested and those killed.

Below are some of the Tough questions:

1. How many people are still unaccounted for?

2. How many terrorists were involved in the attack? Are they all accounted for?

3. Amb Amina Mohammed said there was at least one female terrorist whom she identified as a Briton. Interior Cabinet Secretary Ole Lenku in a press briefing said they were all men. Could you clarify? Was Samantha Lewthwaite one of the attackers?

4. What of the reports the at least one terrorist escaped from Westgate? Again, Amb Amina Mohammed in her Al Jazeera English interview suggested some might have hidden among hostages and escaped. Who were the people arrested in JKIA? Were any of them in Westgate? Will any arrested terrorists be put on trial here or handed over to other states?

5. Are there any terrorists on the loose in the city who are yet to be captured?

6. Will there be an inquiry into the attack to identify potential improvements to intelligence and security? What powers of investigative authority will the group tasked with the inquiry be given?

7. Was fire on terrace started by terrorists to burn hostages and swap identities? How many escaped?

8. Will the findings be made public after the investigations?

9. What of the cars that dropped the attackers at Westgate? Are the cars still there? If not, are they being pursued? (I don’t want to delete someone elses question, I simply ask that you kindly consider this -> https://twitter.com/PoliceKE/status/382505737421070337 ) - @mwirigi

10. Who owns the Westgate Mall building? Have they been taken in for questioning?

11. There are reports of the attackers renting a store at the mall. Are these reports true and is the landlord being pursued for information on the same? Have they arrested the staff for questioning?

12.Ten suspects have been arrested for questioning. Are they part of the attackers? Are we still safe?

13. What is the security forces’ explanation to the story of the escaped hostage who says one of the gunmen blended with them and walked out as a hostage?

14. When did the terrorists get into the country? How? Where? How soon will you be able to determine this?

15. If the delay in using brute force to overcome the gunmen by Sunday morning was because there were hostages whose lives the authorities wanted to save, how many hostages were saved since Sunday Morning?

16. If it really was just about the attack, why keep hostages alive for three days...why not just kill everyone and blow the building up?

17. Do the police have access to architectural plans of Westgate and the air vents checked to ensure no terrorist is hiding?

18. Was there anyway to assess those rescued like a debrief room where details were recorded ( i.e. biographical data, contacts etc)?. How do we know who was there?

19. In the last government, there were many rumours that Kenyan Passports and Id’s were being sold for Sh300,000 . Is it possible to inspect and record how many of them were undeserving and recall them and/or deport or arrest those who own them? Also, Is it possible to use this evidence to jail those responsible for selling our country?

20. Was the CCTV footage made available to the police?

21. Why was the IG Kimaiyo asking for pictures to be sent to him on Twitter?

22. How many hostage takers have been killed?

23. When will a report by NSIS be made public with an analysis of the security situation prior and after the attack? Were we caught by surprise? If so,why? Did we know or at least suspect something like this? If so, what did we do to try averting the same? And most important, what’s the security position now?

25. In times of disasters and any such tragedies, why can't we have a clear command structure to ensure that orders and coordination comes from one person and thereby eliminate the possibility of terrorist gelling with victims and escaping so easily?

26. Why was there conflicting information from different government sources?

28. What is the role of Rachel Omamo in the security military operation?

29.Were Kenyan Forces in control of CCTV control room by 11am Tuesday morning?

30. Can we see the bodies of the “neutralized” terrorists?

31. What do we stand to gain by KDF being in Somalia?

33. Is it true that Samantha Lewthwaite aka White Widow bribed to avoid a jail term ? Who did she bribe? Where is she? What does she know?

34. Samantha Lewthwaite has been to Kenya twice (In 2011 and 2012). How did she stroll through our airports undetected? She’s been on FBI’s and Interpol’s watch list since 20.

35. Why won't they tell us how many hostages were rescued or where they were taken to? Why is there so much secrecy?

36. Did the Kenyan military have access to the basement parking by Tuesday 11am?

38. Every crime has a fixer. How is it possible that someone can procure such a huge cache of arms and ship it without our NSIS knowing? If the arms were imported, what are we doing to secure our borders?

39. Somalia. Let’s talk about Kenya’s invasion of Somalia. Are we finally paying for this? And if so, how can we be sure that victory is ours when victory for now just means reclaiming Westgate? What about the future?

40. Why is Kenya a terrorist target for the ninth time? What have we done? More importantly, why is the Government not able to protect its citizens? For how long will we react instead of preventing?

41. Ole Lenku said fire that started on Monday was caused by mattresses being torched by terrorists. Some time before, he had claimed that the terrorists had been “contained” in a section in one of the “upper floors”. If this is true, how did the terrorists gain entry into Nakumatt on the second floor? Better yet, isn’t Nakumatt on the ground floor in Westgate mall?

44. Why didn’t the government jam telephone network and ask service providers to block signals to Nairobi area once the magnitude was clear on day 2?

45. The public have a right to know how many citizens were killed. Fudging information won’t help. Also, information on terrorists caught, killed, and those who escaped. Will we be told the truth?

51. Are there underground tunnels eg sewage ducts at the mall that could act as passageways?

52. What do MPs and “national politicians” gain by insisting that the terrorists did not have a religious angle to their approach (even if misconceived)? Are politicians being genuine, naive or simply avoiding to explore the root cause?

53. Why would a 27-year-old soldier who has served for only 4 years be detailed to undertake an operation of that magnitude?

55. How safe are our borders?

56. What caused the floors to collapse?

62. How many children died?

65. Why did it take more than 30 minutes for the security system to get activated and act from the time the first distress signal was sent?

TODAY | September 25, 2013
Mall survivor: I was rescued by American security forces

http://www.today.com/video/today/53101428/#53101428

TODAY
TODAY | September 25, 2013
Mall survivor: I was rescued by American security forces

Bendita Malakia, a 30-year old World Bank employee, said she was certain she was rescued from Kenya’s Westgate mall siege -- where there was gunfire and even grenades -- by American security forces who led her out to safety. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

Exclusive video shows chaos of Kenya mall attack

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/53097933/#53097933

The new images from the inside the Westgate Mall in Kenya are sobering: a family playing dead to avoid harm, shoppers escaping, and a child being carried to safety. More than 60 people died in the terrorist attack, most of them civilians. NBC’s Ron Allen reports.

From:Jagem K'Onyiego
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 4:36 PM
Subject: THIS what is called a banana republic/ deny it and pay with your life.

I hope Sonko is not making it an official alibi for a cover up. Where are those Terrorists who were killed? Anybody with their pictures?
Jagem

On Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 1:25 AM, Clement Oginga wrote:

If what Sonko is saying here is true then I think the Police have a big question to answer. If they received reports about these thugs and they did nothing, I say the officers who received that report should be identified and relieved of their duties immediately. This is not a laughing matter.

On Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 11:02 PM, account146w wrote:
-----------

Kenya info blackout? Extraordinary lack of detail about Westgate seige

How many really died? Why no mugshots of militants? Where are the hostages? Why no blow-by-blow? Why no clear information from Kenyatta?

Even as President Uhuru Kenyatta was giving his televised address on Tuesday, telling the world that the siege of Nairobi’s Westgate mall was over, Kenya’s "netizens" were celebrating.

With the hashtag #WeAreOne, praise for President Kenyatta, the Kenya Defense Forces, the police and the Red Cross swamped Twitter and other social media, as did elegies for the 61 civilians and six security officers the president said died during the assault.

Soon, however, the tone had noticeably hardened: “SO. MANY. QUESTIONS” tweeted @kenyanpundit. Others pointed out that Kenya's authorities had “not provided a single mugshot of the attackers,” as did @bonifacemwangi.

By Wednesday, a list of 85 questions drawn up by Kenyan citizens was doing the rounds online, demanding answers from their government that was either unable nor unwilling to clarify fundamental aspects of the 80-hour ordeal.

RECOMMENDED: Think you know Africa? Take our geography quiz.

During the Tuesday speech, Kenyatta did not clarify the final number of people who died. He said 61 civilians, six troops and five attackers were dead but did not spell out if that was in addition to a Kenya Red Cross toll of 62 already counted fatalities.

A further 71 people are registered missing, the charity said Wednesday.

More bodies, including those of the militants, were buried in rubble where a portion of the Westgate Shopping Mall collapsed in the last hours of the siege, Kenyatta said. But he was unable to say how many attackers there were, or how they ferried apparently large amounts of ammunition or conspicuously heavy weapons into the four-story mall.

Perhaps most disturbingly for those still waiting for news of missing loved ones, he did not mention the word “hostage” once in his 15-minute address.

Early reports from the mall siege gave the impression that there were perhaps dozens of people being held after the first waves of hundreds who managed to escape as the attackers took over the complex.

The Kenya Red Cross established an emergency field hospital in the basement car park of a Hindu community hall, to “be prepared for many injured”, according to Rashmi Shah, one of the center's managers.

In the event, fewer than 10 people were treated there, and most of those were soldiers. By Tuesday, the triage hospital unit was shut.

Now among the most urgent questions that has been raised: “Where are the hostages?”

Critics are raising allegations against national intelligence and security forces of how such a heavily armed band of foreigners was allowed to enter Kenya, and then to transfer their arsenal into the guarded mall.

"My position, and the police will investigate this, is that there was a very serious lapse in security, which may have gone on for six months,” said Laban Onditi Rao, vice-chairman of the Kenyan National Chamber of Commerce, who was communicating with the mall's owners and security staff during the siege.

"There is the idea that they hired a shop there, and that would give them accessibility all over the mall, and would allow some of them to pass security easily because they would be known," he said.

Responding to this, Manoah Esipisu, Kenya’s presidential spokesman, said late Tuesday that, “we’re leaving nothing to chance" in the investigation, including whether the militant gang had rented a shop at Westgate, or that they had an insider helping them.

As demands for answers to still unexplained aspects of the assault grew on Wednesday, Mr. Esipisu’s phone was switched off.

One Kenyatta administration official said that “there seems to be a shutdown of information” within the government, and no real details are getting out to its citizens. The official requested anonymity to speak candidly about internal government operations.

Meanwhile, US, Israeli and British forensics experts were preparing to enter the mall to help Kenyan authorities assess what is now a vast crime scene. It is expected that their inquiries will continue for at least a week.

“We will provide additional assistance in the coming days to investigate this attack and to bring its organizers and perpetrators to justice,” said Robert Godec, the US ambassador to Kenya. “We will continue to work together with Kenya to stop the scourge of terrorism.”

Kenyatta said that “we cannot confirm the details at present” of reports that two American citizens and a Briton were among the attackers.

By the end of Wednesday in Nairobi, a new hashtag had emerged, #WeAreOne_dering.

RECOMMENDED: Think you know Africa? Take our geography quiz.
----------

U.S. Agents Already Sifting Rubble of Kenya Mall Attack
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept. 25, 2013
By ALEX MARQUARDT, PIERRE THOMAS, MIKE LEVINE, JAMES GORDON MEEK and RUSSELL GOLDMAN

http://abcnews.go.com/International/kenya-mall-terrorists-rented-shop-months-attack/story?id=20365562

Next Video Kenya Mall Attack: Who Were the Attackers?
11 Comments

Kenyan Shopping Mall Siege is Over
James Gordon Meek More from James »
Investigative Producer
via Good Morning America

U.S. federal agents have joined a team of international investigators to sift through the still smoking rubble of the Kenyan shopping mall that was the site of a four-day terrorist rampage, beginning the painstaking process of looking for clues about the attackers, officials said today.

Calling the investigation an "elaborate process," Joseph Ole Lenku, Kenya's interior secretary, said investigators from the U.S. and INTERPOL were already on the scene looking for fingerprint, DNA and ballistic evidence.

He said the investigation of the site will take at least a week, but investigators did not expect to find a significant number of victims still trapped in the rubble.

"We are convinced that there will be insignificant if any bodies still holed up there except for the terrorists," he told reporters today.

The investigation has now turned to how the terrorists, associated with the Somalia-base Islamist group al-Shabab, were able to execute the attack using machine guns, grenades and homemade bombs that killed at least 72 people.

An interior ministry spokesman said today that the band of assailants had rented a shop in the mall for three months, storing weapons and plotting Saturday's rampage.

Later that same day, Lenku said that claim was only a "rumor" until it had been verified by the investigation.

"As to whether they had a shop in the mall is something we cannot say categorically," Lenku said.

He said five suspects were killed and 10 taken into custody. Authorities, he said, were working to establish the identities and nationalities of the suspects.

A U.S. official briefed on the Nairobi investigation says American authorities still cannot confirm whether any Americans were involved in the Nairobi attack, a possibility that was raised by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and the country's foreign minister. Nairobi officials also said they were checking reports that a British woman took part in the assault.

The U.S. official says authorities intend to conduct the necessary analysis, including biometric analysis and fingerprints.

A former diplomat who lives in Nairobi and maintains Kenyan government and international security contacts told ABC News Tuesday night that intelligence services in Kenya had detected surveillance of Westgate Mall being conducted in the past year, but said hard intelligence it was being targeted for a terror attack wasn't uncovered.

"The intelligence hasn't been specific," the former diplomat told ABC News. The former diplomat described the al-Shabab attack as "strictly for revenge" because of Kenya's help in defeating the terror group al-Shabab in Somalia. The ex-diplomat said Muslims were "executed" alongside non-Muslims in Westgate. "It was completely indiscriminate murder," he said.

Kenya beings three days of national mourning today to remember the victims as troops dig through the rubble of the building, scouring for bodies of victims and terrorists buried after part of the complex collapsed.

Troops remain deployed at the Westgate mall following the conclusion of tense four-day siege, which began Saturday when armed members of al-Shabab opened fire on shoppers.

The death toll is expected to rise as Kenyan forces sift through the rubble after three floors of the mall collapsed Tuesday during the final hours of fighting.

Dorcas Mwangi said she hid from the attackers for four hours under a pile of suitcases. She says her brother texted her, warning the terrorists were killing non-Muslims. Her brother sent an Islamic prayer so she could memorize it.

"I was able to memorize it… In case they found me," she said.

American Bendita Malakia, now back on U.S. soil, says she hid in the backroom of a home goods store for nearly five hours while the terrorists controlled the mall in the opening hours of the siege.

"We just heard explosions and starting crawling out. It was very, very, very scary," Malakia recounted.

A haunting image emerged Tuesday showing a family playing dead until a plain clothed police officer came to their rescue.

------

Who Is the 'White Widow'? U.K. Mom Could Have Kenyan Connection
By Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff
Posts
By Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – 3 hours ago

Samantha Lewthwaite (Photo: AFP)Hostage reports that a white woman was among the armed terrorists in Kenya’s recent deadly attack at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi have prompted rampant speculation that it could have been a suspect wanted for years by officials: Samantha Lewthwaite, otherwise known as the "White Widow." More on Shine: Who Is Assata Shakur, the FBI's Most Wanted Female Terrorist? “Nothing is being ruled out,” noted State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu regarding whether the woman could be among the dead hostage takers in the mall’s rubble. Lewthwaite got her nickname from the British press after her husband, Germaine Maurice Lindsay, was named as one of the four suicide bombers in the deadly London “7/7” attacks on the subway system in 2005. And although she initially condemned his actions, she went missing shortly thereafter, arousing suspicions, and later emerged as a terrorist suspect in her own right. According to BBC journalist Peter Taylor, who just returned from Kenya, Lewthwaite has become a sort of “mythological figure,” adding, “If she is dead, then she would have achieved the kind of martyrdom that her husband, Germaine Lindsay, achieved.” Still, some doubt that she could have played a role in the mall siege, as female involvement in such an attack would be "very unusual," according to CNN security analyst Peter Bergen. "Typically these groups are misogynist," he said. "Their view is the woman should be in a home and shrouded in a body veil." More on Yahoo: Terrorists Claim 137 Killed in Kenya Mall Attack

So why do so many speculate that Lewthwaite was involved? Here’s what we know about the 29-year-old mother of three (or four):Her childhood. Born in Buckinghamshire, England, to British soldier Andy Lewthwaite and Christine Allen, Samantha spent much of her early life in the town of Aylesbury and in Northern Ireland. A local politician in Aylesbury, Raj Khan, who knew her family socially, told the BBC that he is surprised at the idea of her involvement in Kenya — especially speculation that puts her in a leadership role. “She was an average, British, young, ordinary girl. She had a very great personality. She didn’t have very good confidence,” he said. “She was not strong-headed. And that’s why I find it absolutely amazing that she is supposed to be the head of an international criminal terrorist organization,” he said. Her conversion. Lewthwaite converted to Islam when she was a teenager, with the aid of a local Muslim family she befriended, according to the BBC. She stood out at school after that, teacher Novid Shaid told the radio network. “She seemed to be really proud wearing the hijab; there was a bubbly feeling around her,” he said, adding that, eventually, “we noticed her wearing the full jalabiya [robe], which some converts tend to do when they become more serious,” he said. She then studied religion at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London for two months.Her marriage. The teenager met Lindsay in an Islamic Internet chat room, according to the BBC. They married after a few months, made their home in Aylesbury, and soon had a child together. Reports say that she had two or three more children after the birth of her second one, in 2005. Her link to the London bombings. Lindsay, a Jamaican native and Islamic convert who became a radical terrorist, was one of four people who set off bombs in the subways, killing 56 people, including themselves. Pregnant at the time with their second child, Lewthwaite, then just 21, condemned her husband's actions as "abhorrent” and told the Sun, “How these people could have turned him and poisoned his mind is dreadful. He was an innocent, naïve and simple man. I suppose he must have been an ideal candidate.” Shortly thereafter, she disappeared.Lewthwaite with Lindsay and their first child. Her reemergence. Lewthwaite has been wanted by Kenyan police on terrorist charges since 2011, for allegedly plotting an attack on “Western targets” in Kenya, reported the Telegraph. She was believed to be on the run in East Africa, possibly with Habib Ghani, who might have been married to her. The two were charged for allegedly working closely with Jermaine Grant (currently on trial in Kenya) when police discovered their bombing plots. Lewthwaite vanished. Earlier this month, Ghani reportedly died in an ambush outside of Mogadishu after fleeing Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab — the same group claiming responsibility for the latest Kenya attack. Her ties to South Africa. Lewthwaite used an assumed South African identity to take out bank loans and rent property in Johannesburg, eNews Channel Africa (eNCA) reported Wednesday. Using the known alias Natalie Faye Webb, she rented at least three properties around Johannesberg (though it was unclear whether she ever lived there), ran up debts of $8,600, and used the fake passport to enter Kenya in 2011. Her alleged blog. Though unsubstantiated, reports in 2012 claimed Lewthwaite was behind a telling blog post (since removed from the Internet) called “Fears and Tears: Confessions of a Female Mujahid,” posted on the site of Muslim Youth Centre, a Kenyan ally of al-Shaabab. In it, the anonymous writer warned, “Fear can make you do many things,” and wrote, “My decision to revert [sic] to Islam is the most precious gift that my maker has bestowed upon me.” Related:10 Female Fugitives Wanted by the FBIWho Is Katherine Russell, Widow of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev?

Kenya mall siege 'over' but death toll unclear
James Macharia and Duncan Miriri 23 hours ago
By James Macharia and Duncan Miriri

NAIROBI (Reuters) - As Kenya began three days of mourning on Wednesday for at least 67 people killed in the siege of a Nairobi mall, it was unclear how many more hostages may have died with the Somali Islamist attackers buried in the rubble.

Declaring final victory over the al Qaeda-linked gunmen from al Shabaab who stormed the Westgate shopping center on Saturday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that three floors in a part of the mall had collapsed near the end of the operation, leaving an unknown number of bodies under steel and concrete.

It was not clear what caused the structure to come down.

Five militants had been shot dead, Kenyatta said, and six security personnel died in the four days of fighting.

Sixty-one civilians had so far been confirmed dead, Kenyatta added. Kenyan officials declined to say how many of 63 people whom the Red Cross had earlier classed as unaccounted for may also have died in a showdown with guerrillas, who had threatened to kill their hostages and go down fighting.

Eleven people suspected of involvement with the well-planned and executed assault were in custody, the Kenyan president added. But he did not say how many, if any, were gunmen taken alive and how many may have been people arrested elsewhere.

It was also unclear whether intelligence reports of American or British gunmen would be confirmed. Al Shabaab denied that any women took part, after British sources said the fugitive widow of one of the 2005 London suicide bombers might have some role.

The shattered mall, an imposing, Israeli-built symbol of a new prosperity for some in Africa while many remain mired in poverty, lay largely silent overnight, after days of gunfire, explosions and bloodshed.

"The operation is now over," Kenyatta told Kenyans in a televised address. "We have ashamed and defeated our attackers."

He announced three days of national mourning.

Bill Clinton reflects on foundation employee kille …Play video."

BODIES IN RUBBLE

Police said the attackers, who devastated restaurants and shops at a busy Saturday lunchtime, spraying bullets and grenades at Kenyans and foreigners, were now either dead or in custody.

"Now it is for the forensic and criminal experts," said a police spokesman, Masoud Mwinyi.

Some of the 63 people reported to the Red Cross as still missing may simply not have been at the mall, or may have later made it home without the agency being made aware. But some, at least, appear to have been held hostage.

"There are several bodies trapped in the rubble, including the terrorists," Kenyatta said. At the weekend, he had said there were between 10 and 15 militants holed up in the mall.

Several foreigners of many nationalities have already been named among the dead. The mall was a favorite with expatriates.

It is unclear how many foreigners may still be missing.

Survivors of the assault told tales of horror and narrow escapes. Some made it out after hours, even days, of hiding in terror. The uncle of one British four-year-old told the Sun newspaper his nephew had told a militant "You're a very bad man", as the gunman let some children and their mother go.

Officials said the raiders had set a major fire on Monday in a supermarket. On Tuesday, a thin trail of smoke drifted into a soggy sky as darkness fell, the result, rescue volunteers said, of soldiers detonating locked doors in a search for militants.

Police let some people retrieve cars they left behind when shoppers fled in panic. Journalists and others were kept well away behind a security cordon.

FOREIGN FIGHTERS

Kenyan Foreign Minister: 2 or 3 Americans Involved …Play video."

Kenyatta said he could not confirm intelligence reports of British and American militants, adding that forensic tests were being carried out to establish their nationalities. The government denied speculation that women were among the guerrillas, but said some had been dressed as women. That may have been a ploy to smuggle more weapons past mall guards.

It is unusual, if not unknown, for Islamist militants to use female fighters: "We have an adequate number of young men who are fully committed & we do not employ our sisters in such military operations #Westgate," al Shabaab said on Twitter.

It also dismissed comments by a Kenyan minister that two or three of the militants were young Somali or Arab Americans.

A British security source said it was possible that Samantha Lewthwaite, widow of Germaine Lindsay one of the London suicide bombers of July 7 2005, was involved in the Nairobi siege in some way. "It is a possibility. But nothing definitive or conclusive yet," the source said.

Lewthwaite is wanted in connection with an alleged plot to attack expensive hotels and restaurants in Kenya.

Making no mention of gunmen still in the mall, al Shabaab also drew a link to the most recent Islamist attack in London, when a soldier was stabbed to death on a busy street in May in the suburb of Woolwich. Michael Adebolajo and a fellow British Muslim convert of Nigerian descent face trial for murder.

"It's an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth...' Remember Mujahid Adebolajo? This is what he meant. His was #Woolwich, #Westgate ours!" read another al Shabaab Twitter post.

"These cowards will meet justice as will their accomplices and patrons, wherever they are," said Kenyatta.

KENYATTA

He thanked other leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, for their support and used his address to praise the response of the Kenyan people and call for national unity, six months after his election was marked by ethnic tensions.

"Kenya has stared down evil and triumphed," he said.

NYPD: More Police Around Shopping MallsPlay video."

Many Kenyans agree that the bloodshed has helped foster a greater sense of national unity.

"We are all talking about it. The one good thing is that the whole of Kenya has become one, except for al Shabaab," said Vipool Shah, who helped pull bodies out of the mall.

Kenyatta's focus on Kenya's troubles, and of his role in a global campaign against terrorism, was a reminder that he faces trial at The Hague in a few weeks time for crimes against humanity over violence that followed a 2007 election. The International Criminal Court adjourned the trial of his vice president this week because of the Westgate attack.

Kenyatta and his government have urged the ICC to drop the case and warm words for the Kenyan leadership from Western allies during the siege may have boosted their hopes that the court might be pressed to shelve proceedings in the interests of shoring up an important partner in the fight against al Qaeda.

The Nairobi attack came at a time when several violent Islamist groups from Mali to Algeria and Nigeria to Kenya have tapped into local grievances. But all have espoused an anti-Western, anti-Christian creed and are striking at state authority and international interests.

SHABAAB RESURGENT?

Regional intelligence experts believe the Nairobi raiders were members of a crack unit loyal to leader Ahmed Godane, who has been seeking to rebrand al Shabaab as a significant international jihadist group.

Al Shabaab had threatened revenge since Kenyan troops joined the war against Islamists in its chaotic northern neighbor two years ago. The group created funding, recruiting and training networks in Kenya. Kenyatta dismissed an al Shabaab demand to pull Kenyan troops from Somalia after the mall siege began.

The attack bears out Western concern that Somalia, a hotspot in the U.S.-led war on Islamist militants across the globe, may be a launchpad for strikes on regional countries even as African troops put them on the defensive in the Horn of Africa state.

Obama, whose father was Kenyan, said he believed the country - scene of one of al Qaeda's first big attacks, in 1998, when a bomb devastated the U.S. embassy in Nairobi - would continue to be a regional pillar of stability.

Somalia's prime minister appealed in Geneva for international support to combat al Shabaab, but said a military solution to their insurgency alone was not enough.

Abdi Farah Shirdon said: "We still have a difficult journey ahead of us. A military solution alone is not enough, promotion of rule of law, greater regional cooperation and economic stability and provision of public services are all key factors."

(Reporting by James Macharia, Duncan Miriri and Matthew Mpoke Bigg and Pascal Fletcher in Nairobi.; Writing by Edmund Blair and James Macharia.; Editing by Alastair Macdonald and Christopher Wilson)
-------

Westgate attack: Kenyan authorities on the spot over slip-ups
Updated Wednesday, September 25th 2013 at 23:40 GMT +3

Armoured personnel carriers leave Westgate area after the end of operation against terrorists. [PHOTO: standard]

By JAMES MBAKA
KENYA: Apparent contradictions in official accounts of the four-day siege on the Westgate Mall have put authorities on the spot.

A classic example was who started the fire that caused plumes of thick black smoke that billowed from the building on Monday. Initially, authorities claimed security forces had done it as a tactic but they later blamed it on the attackers.

At some point, senior government officials and security operatives contradicted each other in the open and then made belated alterations under the guise of ‘official information’.

Convince Kenyans

As President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday evening addressed the nation and declared that “ Al-Shabaab are defeated”, his statement appeared to attempt to convince Kenyans and the world at large that the fierce battle to reclaim the mall was over.

The president’s message was that 67 people, including six soldiers, had been killed as a result of the attack on Westgate. He noted that five attackers had also been killed and 11 of them captured. According to the earlier figures, the number of those arrested was 16.

However, the Interior minister had earlier in the day stated that security agents had arrested 10 suspects for interrogation in connection to the Westgate attack.

It became difficult to verify the truth of the statements being released after the military drove away journalists covering the attack.

Claims that security forces had rescued people on Monday and Tuesday morning could not be verified after the government failed to release the figures. The media, which had camped only 300m from the gate, did not see any hostage being rescued as the number of those held by attackers remained unclear.

On Sunday, the government had estimated the number of hostages to be 30, including children, but the media was not given the actual figures as the rescue mission purportedly continued.

Only ambulances and military pick-ups could be seen driving up to the entrance doors before speeding off, raising anxiety that they were ferrying dead bodies.

The military said three floors caved in but the cause has not been established.

While addressing the press accompanied by Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo and Chief of Staff Major General Julius Karangi, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku appeared to slip up on what appeared to be a rehearsed statement and suggested that the military was responsible for the fire before the two officers nudged him into recanting the statement, and blaming the fire on the terrorists.

President Kenyatta, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), announced on Tuesday evening that the siege was over, but added that the losses were “immense”.

But late on Monday, the Interior ministry on its Twitter handle had already declared the siege was over.

“We’re in control of Westgate,” read the tweet, about three-and-a-half days after Al-Shabaab militants stormed the mall.

State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu also said all hostages were believed to have been evacuated.

“Our special forces are inside the building checking the rooms. We think that everyone, the hostages, have been evacuated, but we do not want to take any chances,” he was quoted to have said.

“The hostages who were being held by the Mujahideen inside Westgate are still alive, looking quite disconcerted but, nevertheless, alive,” Al-Shabaab said in a message posted on its latest Twitter handle after an earlier one was pulled down.

Police tweet

Also on Tuesday morning, before the break of the stand-off, Kenyan police posted a message on Twitter saying they were diffusing explosives set up by the militants at the mall.

“We are doing a clean-up of explosives that had been set up by the terrorists,” Kenyan police said in a tweet.

“The Special Forces call this sanitising. At the moment, they have not met any resistance, but of course we are not ruling out the possibility that there are a couple of them hiding in a remote room or corner,” said Esipisu.

But fierce sporadic shooting erupted again on the same day – hours after officials had claimed the special forces were “in control” of the mall – and Al-Shabaab had also claimed to be still holding hostages.

As government authorities insisted it was in control, sporadic bursts could be heard again. Earlier on Tuesday, Al-Shabaab bragged in a Twitter message that their fighters were “still holding their ground”.

There were conflicting reports about the true identity of the attackers, six of whom are reported to have been killed by Kenyan special forces during the siege, and the number of those who were allegedly in custody.

No details have been given on the number of hostages freed, or those still being held, but 63 people were earlier recorded missing by the Kenya Red Cross. This figure was thought to include hostages as well as those possibly killed by their captors.

Another issue raised was the identity of the woman suspected to be the commander of the attackers. Witnesses said they saw a woman leading the militants, but the Interior minister said there was no woman even as the President acknowledged the presence of a woman.

On multiple occasions, Western security officials fear that several fighters slipped out of the mall during the mayhem of the attack, dropping their guns and disguising themselves as civilians, an account echoed by some witnesses.
---------

Arrested Briton 'not significant' to Kenya attack probe
Updated Wednesday, September 25th 2013 at 18:01 GMT +3

A British national arrested in Nairobi is "not of significant interest" to the investigation into the mall siege that killed at least 72 people, Britain's top diplomat in Kenya said on Wednesday.

The Foreign Office in London confirmed the comment by British High Commissioner Christian Turner, which had appeared on media websites, but provided no further details.

According to the Daily Mail newspaper, a 35-year-old Briton of Somali origin was arrested at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta airport as he attempted to leave Kenya on a Turkish Airlines flight.

A Foreign Office spokesman declined to comment on the details contained in the report, saying only that the British authorities were aware of the arrest of a Briton in the Kenyan capital and stood ready to provide consular assistance.

A Kenyan anti-terrorism police unit source also said a British citizen of Somali origin was detained after missing his flight at Nairobi airport, and was now being questioned. He gave no more details.

The Daily Mail said the man had attracted attention at the airport because he had bruising to his face, was wearing dark glasses and was behaving suspiciously.

The newspaper quoted Kenyan officials as saying the man's British passport appeared to be genuine and it contained a Kenyan visa, although there was no stamp indicating when and how he had entered the country.

The newspaper also said the man said under questioning that his facial injuries happened during a recent visit to Somalia.

Bomb disposal experts and investigators were searching through the wreckage of the Westgate shopping mall on Wednesday after a four-day confrontation with Islamist militants.

-REUTERS
-------

Mystery of 71 missing persons as Nairobi’s Westgate Mall siege ends
Updated Wednesday, September 25th 2013 at 23:40 GMT +3

How the attack happened

By NYAMBEGA GISESA
ngisesa@standardmedia.co.ke

NAIROBI; KENYA: Forensic investigators sifted through the rubble at the Westgate Mall as questions lingered about the fate of dozens reported missing at the end of the deadly four-day siege.

Authorities had indicated the terrorists had hostages inside the upscale shopping complex during the standoff, but authorities, curiously, appeared to avoid the matter or give inconclusive responses after prodding.

President Kenyatta on Tuesday night said three floors of the building had collapsed and “there were several bodies still trapped in the rubble including some terrorists.”

On Wednesday, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku said although some bodies could still be trapped in the rubble, the number of the dead “is not expected to increase significantly.”

Officially, 67 people — 61 civilians and six security agents — were killed during the attack after gunmen struck the shopping complex on Saturday morning firing indiscriminately at shoppers and staff.

But the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) reported a death toll of 69, and added 63 were recorded as missing. The Government has blamed the inconsistency on a possible “double count” by aid workers. However, the last update given by KRCS yesterday afternoon points out that “the number of persons reported to KRCS as missing has risen to 71.”

Other than being involved in forensics, according to the Times of Israel, the role of Israelis in the Westgate Mall situation has not been clear.

On Monday, Israeli defence officials confirmed a team was dispatched to Nairobi within hours of the hostage crisis, but said that armed fighting units were not part of the delegation.

On Wednesday morning, soldiers from Langata’s Maroon Commandos were among the last combat units to leave the mall after the final assault early Tuesday.

Other teams that took part in the operation were the Kenya Defence Forces’ 75 Artillery, 20 Para, 30 Special Forces and 40 Rangers Strike Force unit.

“We left behind a team of Israeli experts who came with small dogs with big ears to start carrying out forensic (investigation),” said a soldier involved in the final operation.

The terrorists are said to have stuffed most of the bodies in specific rooms that were close to the source of the fire and where part of the building caved in.

“It might take several days to retrieve some of the bodies that might have been trapped in the debris,” said another soldier.

On Tuesday after soldiers defeated the terrorists, one of the KDF soldiers described a “scene from a horror movie”.

“There was blood everywhere. Some bodies were burnt and others rotting,” he told The Standard. In some rooms, bodies were strewn on the floor, added the soldier, who declined to be named as he discussed the sensitive operation.

Yesterday, those who spoke to The Standard demanded a list of people killed or injured during the Westgate Mall siege. “Where can I go to find a complete list of Kenyans killed or injured at Westgate? I have a friend there that I have not heard from,” Ike Okafor enquired from The Standard last evening through e-mail.

Another mystery surrounds the terrorists – although officials estimated them at between 10 and 15, only five were reported killed after Special Forces stormed the building.

Explosion

There are questions as to the whereabouts of the rest, although authorities say 10 suspects are in custody.

By the time we went to press yesterday, a loud explosion was reported in Wajir town. However, The Standard could not immediately confirm what caused the explosion.

Earlier yesterday, forensic experts scoured the debris at Westgate Mall to identify bodies and secure vital evidence. Foreign teams from Israel, US, Canada, Germany and UK joined the operation.

Authorities said the priority was debris clearance to facilitate immediate recovery of bodies.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku said the process, which involves fingerprinting, DNA and ballistics examination, would go on for the next seven days.

Lenku gave an update of the situation flanked by the Chief of Defence Forces Gen Julius Karangi, Inspector-General David Kimaiyo, Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo and her Foreign Affairs counterpart Amina Mohamed, among others.

Authorities said they were yet to establish the identities of the terrorists. “We have also been asked about the presence of a woman among the terrorists. We cannot conclusively confirm the identity of any of the suspects until the forensic investigations have been concluded,” he added.

On Wednesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta chaired an emergency Cabinet meeting and another by the National Security Council.

Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia said the special NSAC meeting was “to push for a revitalised national and regional counter terrorism strategy and disaster management.”

Officials also fought off claims of intelligence failure, saying the Government had foiled several terror plots in the recent past.

“The Government has received many terror alerts over the last two years, and prevented them without the knowledge of Kenyans. This was unfortunate,” Interior PS Mutea Iringo tweeted Wednesday.

Today, the Director General of the National Intelligence Service Michael Gichangi is expected to appear before the National Assembly Committee on Defence and Foreign Relations where the Westgate crisis could feature.

ngisesa@standardmedia.co.ke
---------

Kenya government defends National Intelligence Service over Westgate terror attack
Updated Wednesday, September 25th 2013 at 23:36 GMT +3

Marine workers to lose jobs in massive lay-off by State

Massive lay-off is looming at Mombasa based Kenya Marine and Fisheries Institution (KEMFRI) as the government moves to cutback wage bills in the country’s research institutions.

State defends NIS over Westgate terror attack Photo: STANDARD

By ALLY JAMAH

Nairobi,KENYA: The government has defended itself from accusations of intelligence failures that resulted in the horrific killings by the Al-Shabaab terrorists at Westgate Mall.

Interior Ministry Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo yesterday said the State intelligence agencies have prevented many terror attacks in the recent past noting that the Westgate killings are “unfortunate” since it was among the “few instances” in which the killers had outsmart government agencies.

“Over the last few years, since terrorism became a major threat to the country, we have been receiving information about possible terror incidents. We have pre-empted many of them behind the scenes without telling Kenyans. It is unfortunate that the Westgate attacks happened,” he said.

Iringo declined to confirm whether the government received any specific intelligence on the Westgate attack from Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, who has claimed that he had forwarded the information to the National Intelligence Service ( NIS), which refused to act on it.

On Monday, President Uhuru Kenyatta also defended the intelligence-gathering agency against criticisms of failure saying they have successfully prevented attacks in the past and should be strengthened with more resources and skills to do a better job.

A July 19, twitter posting by the Al-Shabaab group seemed to suggest that the group was planning a massive attack on Kenyan targets. The posting, on the harsh tag @HSMPress Office read: “A spectacular Al-Shabaab attack with fifty plus deaths and guaranteed extended media coverage is finalised. #Kenya or #Somali? Godane ponders.”

“Godane” refers to Al-Shabaab leader Ahmed AbdiGodane, also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubair,

Criticisms have been mounting against NSIS’s capacity to collect valuable information that would prevent possible terror attacks with Members of Parliament calling for reforms in the intelligence agency to boost its capacity to protect Kenyans.

The lawmakers expressed outrage at the security lapse that allowed the terrorists, among them foreigners, into the country smuggling in arms and holding the military in a standoff for four days.

26Sep/130

Kenya: INTERPOL team deployed to assist Kenyan investigation into Westgate shopping centre terror attack

From: News Release - African Press Organization (APO)
PRESS RELEASE

INTERPOL’s role is to help coordinate the international response in support of the Kenyan authorities

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 26, 2013/ -- An INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT) (http://www.interpol.int) has been deployed at the request of Kenyan authorities to provide on-site assistance to the Westgate shopping centre terror attack investigation.

Logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/interpol.jpg

Headed by INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services Jean-Michel Louboutin the team includes Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) and data specialists who will carry out real-time comparisons against INTERPOL’s global databases on DNA and fingerprints and other evidence gathered from the crime scene.

The IRT, which arrived in Nairobi on Wednesday, will also ensure the swift dissemination of all forensic information, photographs of the suspected terrorists, details of arrested individuals and any other suspects linked to the deadly assault, to INTERPOL’s 190 member country network for comparison against national databases to identify any potential leads.

“INTERPOL’s role is to help coordinate the international response in support of the Kenyan authorities as they investigate this horrific incident, and to assist their actions at the regional and international levels,” said Mr Louboutin.

“Whether it be through comparison of information against INTERPOL’s global databases, or the issuance of a notice to identify a victim, locate a wanted person, or seek additional information about suspects, we will offer all necessary assistance to help bring those responsible to justice,” added Mr Louboutin.

In addition to the IRT deployment, support is also being provided to Kenya’s national authorities via INTERPOL’s Regional Bureau in Nairobi and the 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre (CCC) at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France.

The CCC will also act as a central liaison to the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus of all the involved countries to ensure any ante mortem data on those killed during the attack, both victims and suspected perpetrators, is received as quickly as possible by Kenyan authorities.

INTERPOL also stands ready to mobilize additional support from its global network of DVI and other experts, with officers from its Counter-terrorism and Criminal Analysis Units examining all INTERPOL databases to determine whether any links can be drawn between this terrorist act and other incidents around the world.

Distributed by the African Press Organization.

SOURCE
INTERPOL

25Sep/131

Kenya: Security organs knew of attack in advance, claims Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko

Evans MACHERA
Date: Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Subject: Security organs knew of attack in advance, claims Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko

Judy,

The Government is responsible for the security of the Nation. Nafikiri hawa maharamia bado wako and our security forces must be on their toes.

Politicians must be always politicians, but blames at this stage can only divert our attention to anger and give room to the enemy to strike again.

We have a parliamentary committee on security which Sonko etc should convene meetings with and address the issue. Public address will only worsen. Certainly, President Uhuru and the National Security Advisory Committee must burn midnight oil to have our security network take charge.

Its not over until its over.

Peace,love and unity for our country.

Evans MACHERA

- - - - - - - - - - -

From: Judy Miriga
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 4:10 AM
Subject: Security organs knew of attack in advance, claims Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko

Good People!

If the Security organs knew of attack in advance and did nothing about it, then something is seriously wrong and the government must explain to the people what this is so.

Judy Miriga Diaspora Spokesperson Executive Director Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc., USA http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com/

Security organs knew of attack in advance, claims Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko
Updated Tuesday, September 24th 2013 at 22:19 GMT +3
By MOSES NJAGIH

NAIROBI; KENYA : Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko sensationally told the Senate that security organs and intelligence officers were aware of an impending attack on key areas in Nairobi, including the Westgate Mall.

Sonko claimed that he had helped two women of either Asian or Arabic origin to offer information to police on Al-Shabaab militiamen who were targeting sections of Nairobi. He gave the revelations as the Senate took time off its business to discuss the terror attack on the mall.

He said the women had approached him three months ago with information to the effect that the gang, which had rented a house in Parklands and Westlands, were planning a major attack.

“They mentioned Westgate Mall, Village Market, Parliament and the Kenyatta International Conference Centre as their targets,” claimed Sonko.

The Motion was moved by Leader of Majority Kithure Kindiki, who termed the attack a national disaster.

Attacking members of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), Sonko told the House that after getting the information from the two women, he assisted them to record their statements with the police and the intelligence officers for further investigations.

Shock many

He said the two women were initially living with the gang in the rented houses but had escaped after being showed the items that the suspects were preparing for the attack.

Though the Senator declined to give the exact details that the two women gave the police, he said that he was ready to record a statement to that effect.

“I know I will shock many people here. These people have remained in this area planning the attack for about three months and despite the investigators getting that information they could not quell the attack,” said Sonko.

The senators faulted the country’s intelligence services even as they hailed the security organs over the manner in which they had handled the attack.

“Instead of the intelligence officers keeping busy tapping our mobile phones, NIS should be employing that vigour towards arresting crime,” said Minority Deputy Whip Janet Ong’era.

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi hailed Kenyans over their strong spirit during the tragedy.

Kenya Defence Forces give horrific accounts, death toll may go up
Updated Tuesday, September 24th 2013 at 23:39 GMT +3
GLANCE FACTS

Intelligence reports had suggested that a British woman and two or three American citizens may have been involved in the attack... We cannot confirm the details at present
By Nyambega Gisesa and Cyrus Ombati

KENYA: Soldiers who took part in the assault on terrorists at the Westgate Mall Tuesday gave a glimpse of the extent of the horrific attack at the upmarket shopping centre, fuelling fears the death toll would rise significantly.

The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops interviewed described the situation inside the building as a “scene from a horror movie.”

“There was blood everywhere. Some bodies were burnt and others rotting,” a soldier told The Standard Tuesday. “The Nakumatt supermarket floor had blood splattered everywhere.”

In some rooms, bodies were strewn on the floor, added the soldier, who declined to be named as he discussed the sensitive operation.

The casualties

President Uhuru Kenyatta said the confrontation with terrorists left 240 casualties.

The President said 67 people, including six security officers, had been killed and 61 were still in hospital following the Saturday morning attack by the terrorists estimated at between 10 and 15.

Red Cross reported 69 had died and the fate of 63 listed missing unclear.

In a televised address from State House, Nairobi, last night, President Kenyatta said: “Towards the tail end of the operation three floors of the Westgate Mall collapsed and there are several bodies still trapped in the rubble including the terrorists.”

The President said five terrorists had been killed and 11 suspects were in custody. “Intelligence reports had suggested that a British woman and two or three American citizens may have been involved in the attack... We cannot confirm the details at present... Forensic experts are working to ascertain the nationalities of the terrorists...,” he said.

“These cowards will meet justice, as will their accomplices and patrons, wherever they are,” declared President Kenyatta, vowing Kenya would not relent in the war against terrorism.

“It has not been an easy time for anyone of us, least of all the affected; Our losses are immense,” the President said as he declared three days of national mourning beginning today, to honour those who lost their lives in the attack. Official flags will fly at half-mast throughout the country during this period.

The Head of State said the agents of terror “had the agenda of perpetrating grievous mayhem in our country, senselessly killing, maiming and traumatising harmless, innocent people...”

“We confronted this evil without flinching, contained our deep grief and pain, and conquered it... As a nation, our head is bloodied, but unbowed... The criminals found us unafraid, as we ever shall be...We cannot be conquered,” President Kenyatta declared.

On Tuesday, The Standard learnt tens of bodies were removed from the building at about 6pm after Special Forces secured it. Several hearses ambulances and were stationed outside the mall.

Another security officer said the mall had been turned into ‘an abattoir’ within half an hour as gunmen went on the rampage. Mortuary attendants from the City Mortuary were called in to the scene. Officials said some of the bodies were badly damaged and needed proper dressing before being moved to the mortuary.

Earlier, security forces had launched the final assault shortly before 6am Tuesday. For hours, bursts of gunfire and explosions were heard coming from the battle weary building.

Roof caved in

A section of the roof caved in and photographs emerged of burnt shells of vehicles in the parking that perhaps explained the plume of black smoke that billowed into the skies on Monday.

Authorities confirmed the terrorists had rigged the four-storied building with booby-traps and security forces had to sweep the building, explaining delays in the operation.

“We are doing a clean-up of explosives that had been set up by the terrorists,” the Kenya Police posted on its Twitter account.

Officials also confirmed three KDF soldiers had succumbed to their injuries sustained during the assault against the terrorists. Eight injured soldiers are admitted at the Defence Forces Memorial Hospital.

The fallen soldiers include Jacktone Puodi, 27, who had graduated in 2009 from Moi Barracks, Nairobi.

Puodi responded to the call to duty, and put himself in harms way, to help free terrified hostages, who could have included children like his one-year-old girl.

The gallant soldier himself an orphan, his parents died in 1996, put his life on the line to ensure that innocent civilians were not killed and children robbed of their parents.

Meanwhile, a British national is among seven men who were detained at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport ( JKIA).

The British government confirmed Abdulrazak Sharif Ahmed, 35, is their citizen.

The suspect reportedly had injuries on his body and face when he arrived at JKIA on Monday morning ready to fly out to Turkey.

Police say a dozen people have been arrested for questioning.

At the City mortuary, bodies of those killed in the attack were laid out on metal blocks, victims from all walks of life, lying side-by-side as a deathly stench filled the air.

For many families, the anguished search for loved ones, missing since the siege began Saturday morning, crudely ended here.

Agnes Mutua shed tears as she identified her nephew, whose body she found lying on the cold surface.

Various hospitals

Agnes and her sister, Mary Mureithi, had looked for him at various hospitals hoping to find him alive.

Other families were however lucky. Sundeep Sanbi’s daughter and wife narrowly escaped with their lives.

Sanbi recounted how he rushed from work to the mall on Saturday on hearing news of the attack. He talked to his wife on phone, as she cowered with her daughter inside one of the shops at the building as the attackers shot indiscriminately.

She was rescued at around 3pm on Saturday, alongside a couple of other people under heavy gunfire.

25Sep/130

WORLD CONTRACEPTION DAY MARKED AS YOUNG GIRLS IN KENYA ABUSE E-PILLS

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2013

Tomorrow is World Contraception Day, an annual event taking place on September 26 every year. Countries and regions around the world organize events to mark the day and to demonstrate their commitment to raising awareness of contraception and improving education regarding reproductive and sexual health.

The day is being marked when in Kenya the rising sales of emergency contraceptives commonly known as “morning-after pills” is worrying experts, following growing abuse by Kenya’s sexually active youth.

It is worrying that e-pills are being abused by many youth and underage girls. These pills are sold openly to young girls, including students by private chemists all over Kenya. Just as sex sells, so do the pills.

The drugs are supposed to be used twice per year but the girls take them almost every weekend without considering their side effects. This is because the pharmacists sell these drugs to these vulnerable young girls without doctor’s prescription. These pills are cheap and available. A packet sells for Sh150.

In a radio advertisement at the centre of a controversy in Kenya, a distraught teenage girl asks for help after having unprotected sex. "What shall I do? I'm still in college. What happens to my future, my friends, my family, my life?" she sobs.

Such advertisements have contributed a lot for the use of these pills among teenage girls. Some parents even encourage their girls to use them if they cannot overcome their sexual urges for intercourse.

Many young people are now using the e-pill routinely, some even buying the pills in advance in any case the boy friend insists on sex. College and university girls are using these pills irresponsibly.

Besides side-effects, like nausea, heavy bleeding and cramps, regular use of the emergency contraception may cause infertility and in some instances increase the risk of cancer, still this has not stopped these noble girls from using the pills.

The message these youth are getting is that what matters is that you go out and have fun because you won't get pregnant. They don’t care about the side effect. The adverts are being sponsored by the US non-governmental organisation funding the campaign - Populations Services International in Kenya.

Besides that, frequent use of the e-pills affects your ovulation cycle and interferes with your fertility cycle. Yet taking the e-pill only solves a quarter of the problem, which is pregnancy, but leaves you susceptible to a myriad of serious STIs.

Furthermore, frequent consumption of the e-pill increases your chances of having an ectopic pregnancy. Again, since e-pills are used to prevent pregnancy within 120 hours of intercourse, girls who use them any time they have sex are at risk of terrible side effects.

E-pills are not supposed to be used as a regular birth control method due to their high hormonal content. Some of the most popular e-pills sold in Kenya are Postinor2, Pregno, Smart lady, Truston2 and Ecee2. Apart from nausea and dizziness, other side effects include vomiting and abdominal pain.

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
Tel +254 7350 14559/+254 722 623 578
E-mail omolo.ouko@gmail.com
Facebook-omolo beste
Twitter-@8000accomole

Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

24Sep/131

MUSLIM LEADERS SHOULD COME CLEAR ON AL SHABAAB OPPERATIONS

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013

The fact that British woman terrorist suspect, Samantha Lewthwaite who is believed to have been among the terrorists killed at the Westgate was a close supporter of Sheikh Aboud Rogo Mohammed before his death, it indicates that the war against Al-Shabaab is a long way to contain.

Muslim leaders in Mombasa still supported Rogo even when they knew very well that he faced charges of membership in al-Shabab, the Somali rebel group that is linked to al-Qaida and which has been outlawed in Kenya.

Rogo was not only supported by Muslim leaders at the Coast, including Muslim human rights activists, they also mobilized young rioters to clash with police who were trying to stop them from attacking Christian churches, throwing stones, damaging cars, and attacking businesses.

Burning of Christian churches implied that jihad war had been targeted on none Muslims, also known as kuffar (unbelievers). In response to the murder, al-Shabaab called on Kenyan Muslims to "take all necessary measures" to defend their religion.

Al-Shabaab wants Muslims in Kenya to take the matter into their own hands, stand united against the kuffar and take all necessary measures to protect their religion, their honour, their property and their lives from the enemies of Islam.

Lewthwaite is the widow of Jermaine Lindsay, one of the suicide bombers who killed 52 commuters in multiple bombings of London's transport system on July 7, 2005.

The other is Briton Jermaine Grant who was also a great supporter of Rogo. He was sentenced to three years in prison for immigration offenses and lying to a government official about his identity.

Al-Shabab has vowed to carry out a large-scale attack in Nairobi in retaliation for Kenya sending troops into Somalia to fight the Islamist insurgents. Rogo is the fifth alleged Muslim extremist who has been killed according to human rights campaigners.

Lewthwaite is believed to have arrived in Mombasa in August 1, 2013 among other reasons to plan terrorist attacks in Kenya to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Rogo.

Kenyan security officials placed citizens on alert, saying the Somali militant group could be targeting Mombasa, the coastal city where the cleric preached and where he was killed in a drive-by shooting on August 27, 2012.

The plan failed after the authorities raised the security level after receiving intelligence reports that at least five al-Shabaab fighters had crossed into Kenya from Somalia, Coast region.

Rogo was on a United Nations Security Council sanctions list because of alleged ties to both al-Shabaab and Kenya's al-Hijra group -- also known as the Muslim Youth Centre (MYC).

Since his killing, taped recording of his various speeches, sermons and lectures are being sold in Mombasa and Nairobi markets. The tapes appear to be amateur recordings from audience members.

In one such tape from a speech delivered in Nyeri district in Central Province on April 12th, Rogo said Somalia is the seedbed of jihad in Africa and Asia, and proclaimed that Islam would prevail in Somalia and the entire continent. He also called on Muslims to take up arms and join those who are allegedly fighting for Islam in foreign countries.

Lewthwaite, 29, a Muslim convert was wanted in Kenya on terror charges. She has been labelled the "white widow" because of her marriage to Lindsay, who blew up an Underground train at King's Cross in 2005, killing 26 people. She has been on the run in East Africa for two years after allegedly plotting to attack Western targets in Kenya.

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
Tel +254 7350 14559/+254 722 623 578
E-mail omolo.ouko@gmail.com
Facebook-omolo beste
Twitter-@8000accomole

Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

24Sep/130

FKPV Radio -Diaspora Voting Discussion with Presidential Candidates Kenya 2013

From: AKPA

Proudly Kenyan.....A tribute to one that fell and the legacy they left behind in our beloved country.

Dear...
The tribute last night at the museum was moving, so in keeping with the depth, height, breadth and weight of the late professor’s writing. The siege at Westgate is still ongoing and a climate of fear permeates the air, but about 150 people showed up. Love and respect were palpable in the room. Two of Professor Awoonor’s sons, his daughter and niece, the Ghanaian High Commission and several Ghanaians came. We sang the Kenyan and Ghanaian national anthems. Most of us read from his works, many of which are elegies, hauntingly beautiful funeral songs inspired by his Ewe traditions. Kwame Dawes’ and John Sibi-Okumu’s tributes moved us to sorrow-tinged laughter. Tears threatened to overcome Nii Parkes, Paula Kahumbu and Warsan Shire during their tributes. Several others read from Professor Awoonor’s work including the Occupy Nairobi poets, Teju Cole, Michael Onsando, Aghan Odero of the Kenya Cultural Centre, Njeri Wangari who served as MC, and Binyavanga and Billy Kahora of Kwani, myself (Muthoni Garland) and others.

One of the outcomes of his passing is a surge of interest in Professor Awoonor’s work – younger poets, in particular, demand we get his work to Kenya. The irony is that Africa is where is it most difficult to access books by Africans, even the most prominent! The Ghanaian High Commissioner said to me, “Next year, I will bring you more writers from my country. That is what Kofi Awoonor would have wanted.” Auma Obama not only sent a tribute that we read, but she also confirmed that she is ready to be our next Storymoja Hay Festival Director to rally our spirits and ensure that the greater cause is not buried under by this tragedy. Nii Parkes, Teju Cole, Atinuke and Jenny Valentine insist they want to be on the SMHF programme next year. As Aleya Kassam said, “Just when we were feeling way too overwhelmed to imagine continuing on this journey, it seems we must.”

We will print out the tributes and paste them in the book of sympathy that most people signed, and give them to his family, together with the photos and voice recordings of his last class, a master-class in which he talked about ‘death and a writer’s legacy’, to his family.

Regards

Muthoni

p/s feel free to circulate this…and the links to where people can post their tributes

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Professor-Dr-Kofi-Awoonor-A-Tribute/446364045480284

- - - - - - - - - - -

from: Comfort Mwangi
date: Sat, Nov 24, 2012 at 8:58 AM
subject: FKPV Radio -Diaspora Voting Discussion with Presidential Candidates Kenya 2013

FKPV Radio -Diaspora Voting Discussion with Presidenti?al Candidates Kenya 2013
Inboxx

Comfort Mwangi
11/24/12
Reply
to Alex, Grace, AKPA, Andrew, angelawainaina, athiani, Douglas, mutua, Bedan, bigavala, Chifu, Chris, charles, Chris, Daniel, Davies, delka, Dan, edward, emgisiora, edna.boit, fnamwamba, G, georgekaranu, gladys

Having trouble viewing this email? Click here

from: Comfort Mwangi

KPV RADIO DISCUSSION
SAT NOV 24TH
2PM EST (7PM GMT) (10PM KENYA)

Topic:
KENYA DIASPORA VOTING

Seeking Common Ground

Kenya Diaspora Leadership Assembly (KDLA) hosts Kenyan presidential candidates in a community discussion on Diaspora Voting

Listen online: www.kenyaprogressivevoice.org.

Your questions are important and will be addressed. Please send any questions during the show by text to +1-904-418-2608 or by email to info@kenyaprogressivevoice.org.

INVITED GUEST PANELISTS:
HON. MARTHA KARUA
PROF. JAMES OLE KIYAPI
HON. UHURU KENYATTA
HON RAILA ODINGA
HON. MUSALIA MUDAVADI
HON KALONZO MUSYOKA
HON. PETER KENNETH

HOST PANELISTS:
Ms. Sarah Richson (London, UK) , Dr. Juliana Mwose (Indiana, USA), Dr. Frank Mwaniki, Prof. Kefa Otiso (Ohio, USA), Mr. Tegi Obanda (Toronto, Canada), Ms. Jane Wanja Gakinya (Boston, MA, USA)

MODERATOR: Ms. Comfort Munoru Mwangi (Jacksonville, Florida, USA)

Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/KenyaProgRadio

Connect to us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/KenyaProgressiveVoice
Listen online and share views at Kenya Progressive Radio http://kenyaprogressivevoice.org/
KDDC aims to give Kenyan Diaspora members a rallying point for mutual self advancement through cooperative ventures aimed at enhancing sustainable development in Kenya. KDDC'S Mandate is to serve the interests of all Kenyans in the Diaspora globally. KDDC is registered as a non-profit in the United States since December 22, 2011.

24Sep/130

CALLING ALL KENYANS FOR PRAYERS TODAY TUESDAY THE 24TH SEPT 2013 AT CLA NYARUTARAMA @ 6 – 8 PM

From: AKR|Association of Kenyans Living in Rwanda

Dear Fellow Kenyan,

Time for prayers will be 6 - 8 PM as noted on the email title.

Carol

- - - - - - - - - - -

From: AKR|Association of Kenyans Living in Rwanda
Date: Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Subject: CALLING ALL KENYANS FOR PRAYERS TODAY TUESDAY THE 24TH SEPT 2013 AT CLA NYARUTARAMA @ 6 - 8 PM

Dear Fellow Kenyan,

AKR takes this opportunity to offer sincere condolences to our departed brothers and sisters, console those injured and all their families.

We join our countrymen and women to commit our great Nation in the hands of the Almighty. We should not lose hope, we should not get discouraged, and we should resolve to be more united as a Nation. The enemy’s plan is to Kill, instil fear and destroy, however we have faith that the enemy is defeated.

It is in light of this that we invite you for Prayers at CLA Nyarutarama today Tuesday the 24th September 2013. Kindly join other Kenyans and friends of Kenya to mourn our departed friends, pray for the injured and encourage all the affected families.

Yours Carol

24Sep/130

Kenyans in Canada Condole the Terror Victims

From: Maurice Oduor

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000094132&story_title=kenyans-in-canada-condole-westgate-families

Kenyans in Canada condole Westgate families
Updated Monday, September 23rd 2013 at 18:06 GMT +3

By Standard Digital Reporter

Kenyans in Canada have sent their heartfelt condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in the terror attack tragedy Saturday.

They expressed solidarity with Kenyans at home at this trying moment and showed sympathy while at the same time sent get-well-soon messages to the survivors who are recuperating in hospital.

“On behalf of the Kenyan Community in Ontario (KCO), we wish to convey our condolences to the families of those who have lost their loved ones due to the act of terrorism at the Westgate Mall right on the Kenyan soil,” said the statement.

They have also condemned the terrorist act in the strongest terms possible and encouraged Kenyans to be more vigilant to support the government in the fight against terrorism.

23Sep/130

INSIDE STORY OF AL SHABAAB OPERATION IN KENYA

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2013

Muslim leaders in Kenya may have condemned the terror attack by the Al-Shabaab terming them barbaric terrorists who do not represent the religion or its faithful alright, but the fact that they don’t condemn their spiritual leaders who support A-Shabaab and preach hatred is not something to be taken lightly.

When Sheikh Aboud Rogo Mohammed became involved in indoctrination of Muslim youths with a weekly lecture at his Masjid Musa in Mombasa in 2007, lectures that presented the Somalia war as the ultimate jihad, Muslims were behind him.

Rogo issued many fatwas during this period, indicating that working for the Kenyan government was apparently haram (forbidden by Islamic law). In his preachings, Rogo gave a message of martyrdom to young Muslims.

He also developed propaganda CDs and other materials praising Al Qaeda. Rogo visited Somalia in 2009, and he allegedly joined military training camps there. He was probably assassinated by American agents, according to the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia.

Rogo was accused of radicalisation and recruitment of youth to join Al Shabaab in Somalia. The UN Monitoring group on Somalia and Eritrea Also released a report linking Najib Balala and nominated MP Amina Abdallah, claiming they funded the proscribed militia group.

The report said Balala and Amina donated Sh200,000 and Sh500,000 respectively towards the construction of Pumwani Riyadha Mosque, but the funds were directed to the al-Shabaab in Somali, according to the report. Balala has since defended himself over the accusation insisting he has no links with the group.

The alleged support began when Kenya’s anti- terrorism law was enacted, according to the report dated July 12, which suggests that it could be continuing. The youth leaders told journalists at a press conference that they had evidence of many youths who have been recruited through the mosque and called for a thorough investigation by the government.

After the killing of Rogo, Mombasa witnessed violent demonstrations, claiming four people's lives and wounding many others as well as damaging three churches. The next day clashes continued in Mombasa. Two prison officers were killed in the ensuing riots.

Similar support by the Muslims was that of a controversial Jamaican-born Muslim cleric who was deported from Kenya soon after he landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from Qatar.

Sheikh Bilal Philips, a renowned Muslim scholar who is banned from preaching in most European countries was arrested due to security concerns after he arrived in Nairobi.

Anti terrorism police officers said they had received reports he was scheduled to preach and give lectures in various mosques in Nairobi and Mombasa.

In his tape Jihad, the father-of-four told Muslim women to raise their children "with the jihad mentality" by giving them toy guns. In the tape recorded after 11 September, he said: "The way forward is the bullet. Our motto is 'might is right'".

Since jihad is intrinsic to Islam because the Holy Qur'an requires it of every Muslim, it is very difficult to change a Muslim from this belief. Jihad means to struggle in the way of Allah. It is why one ideology that plays a role in Islamic terrorism is the principle of jihad.

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
Tel +254 7350 14559/+254 722 623 578
E-mail omolo.ouko@gmail.com
Facebook-omolo beste
Twitter-@8000accomole

Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002