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Fencing kenya-somalia border WASTE OF TAXPAYERS MONEY AND TIME.

Writes Bob Aeum-Tidi.

ORANGE Democratic Movement officials in Nyanza have faulted the jubilee government plan to fence the entire 750 kilometers porous Kenya-Somalia borderline as a waste of money, energy and time. Instead the government should withdraw thousands of KDF soldiers currently idling inside Somalia and re-deploy them along the two countries common international border to curb the frequent intrusion nd incursion by Al-Shabaab jithadist terrorists.

MIgori County branch chairman ODM Eng Philip Makabong’o said to be spending millions of taxpayers money fencing the borderline the government will not be able to build iron sheet roof on the top of the fence to deter terrorists from jumping over. He said the plan could be another Anglo Leasing scam in which someone somewhere wants to ripoff millions of shillings from the government and must be stopped at once.

Makabong’o advised President Uhuru Kenyatta to make the entire North Eastern Provence of Kenya inaccessible to foreigners by way of declaring a state of emergency and impose dusk to dawn curfew in the region.

Under the state of emergency all he people of Somali origins Aden Duale the leader of the majority in the National Assembly should be compelled to wear a special identification tugs. This measure should include the Somalis who are Kenya citizens and non-citizens alike.
The residents of the region have no cooperated fully with the government I its efforts tl eradicate terrorism and banditry in the region.

“Our soldiers serving as peace keepers in Somalia should be recalled home and re-deployed along the Kenya-Somalia border to help the battle hardened Kenya police in keeping an eye non the border to stop any intruders. Somali refugees living in Dadab Refugees camp and other refugees camp in Kenya should be asked to go back home. There is no point for one to live in another country as a refugee for over twenty years. It makes no sense. These people should be repatriated across the border to their country.

Akabong’o said, although the concerted efforts by President enyatta to stamp out terrorism on Kenya solid ground should be appreciated by all and sundry, Somalis leader who are holding key government position In the Kenya government appeared to be giving only lip services, but nothing tangible to bring the endless massacre of Kenyan people to an end.

Makabong’o scathingly attacked the DP William Ruto who he said of late has made it a point to call the name of CORD leader Raila Odinga whenever he opened up. “uto is using aila’s name derogatively as a punching box in his political war with his detractors and steady rising numbers of his opponents in the Rift Valley, This must stop. Moreover Ruto is not of Rala’s caliber either politically or academically snd even status wise in the society.

BY calling names of innocent people in public everywhere he going, this unbecoming behavior will not propel him to the presidency“, said Makabong’o. He told Dn Ruto to emulate his political mentor, the retired President Daniel Moi who served Kenya diligently as the Vice President and was always at peace with everybody until he succeeded his boss the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta without offending any body. He should take a critical note from the famous Swahili proverbs of ‘Haraka Haina Baraka”

“Ke nya is not running away. The country will be here for another hundreds of years to come, and if the DP play his card peacefully and strategically nothing will stop him from being the future President of Kenya.” said Makabong’o adding that ODM official and followers are under strict instruction not touse provocative words or comments against Ke nyan leaders fro other competing parties and to exercise respect to all.


Africa: Christmas Day Attack in Somalia

From: U.S. Department of State
Press Statement
Marie Harf
Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 26, 2014

The United States strongly condemns the December 25 attack targeting African Union forces in Mogadishu. We express our deepest condolences to the families of the military and civilian personnel who were killed in this cowardly terrorist act. These individuals sacrificed their lives in an effort to bring lasting peace and stability to Somalia. Our support for the people of Somalia, the African Union Mission in Somalia, and Somali government forces in their efforts to defeat al-Shabaab will not waver.

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From: joachim omolo ouko
News Dispatch with Father Omolo Beste

The inter-clan conflict in Mandera did not start yesterday. It has been going on since independence. In 1980s former president Moi thought it was due to boundary demarcation. He then though by curving Mandera Central constituency out from the then larger Mandera East following devastating clan clashes between Murrule and Garre clans in early 1980’s was going to solve the problem.

The fact that Mandera Triangle region comprises of the Gedo region in Somalia, the Doolow region in Ethiopia, and the Mandera district in Kenya, can explain why the conflict. The social groups involved include the major Somali and bilingual Somali- Oromo clans of the Gabaweyn (Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia), the Degodia (Kenya and Ethiopia), the Murrule (Kenya), the Marehan (Somalia), and the Garre (Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia), as well as the other Somali- and Oromo-speaking clans.

These groups, who together form the populations of Mandera, Doolow and Gedo districts, are closely linked by geography and a shared social system, by religious and clan ties, and by commercial links and interests that stretch deep into the border areas of the three countries and beyond.

That explains why, with Mandera Central constituency formed, the issue of political representation was solved but another problem was born. There emerged growing hatred and suspicion between the two clans.

During Moi regime more than 330 people were killed according to the Truth commission. Survivors, testifying before the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission at its hearings in Mandera Town, said scores of people were also raped and maimed during the 1982 security operation.

They were rounded up by security officers hunting down bandits, beaten and some shot dead as they attempted to escape. Up to now the government of Kenya has never addressed the issue, this make the Mandera residents to believe they are not part of the government. In fact the entire Northern Kenya feels the same.

The truth however,  is that over the years, Kenyan government has ignored Kenyan people from the North Eastern. The government has treated these people as second class citizens and used draconian law that has seen thousands dead, thousands widowed and thousands left orphans.

Moi in particular used them as tools for winning elections.  The Kenyan government has neglected them apparently because the natives have been ‘forced’ to be Kenyans. Given brief background above, the government of Kenya believes the people of North Eastern were made to join Kenya without their consent because when the Kenya government waged what is called the bandit or shift war in 1963 majority of the people of N.E province could have been happy to be allowed to join their brothers and sisters in Somalia.

Since then Northern Kenya has always been associated with suffering, poverty, starvation and lack of infrastructure. The residents of this area have time and again said that they are not part of Kenya and believe that the government has forgotten them.

Currently, northern Kenya is facing a major drought after rains failed with locals starving and relying on food aid from a broad, particularly from USA. Kenyan government is not interested in giving food aid other than using them as a tool for elections.

When the foreign food delays residents are forced to eat wild fruits which are poisonous, they boil these fruits for hours to remove the poison before they consume it. The food shortage has reached alarming levels to the extent that children cannot go to school. School feeding programmes are not adequate to feed the very hungry children.

Furthermore, Mandera County is awash with guns due to its proximity to Somalia, where al Shabaab has been fighting to topple the government, and Ethiopia, where the armed Oromo Liberation Front has made incursions into the country. Garre, a cushitic people is found in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. They are estimated to be 700,000 persons living in Kenya.

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Africa: U.S. Foreign Policy in Somalia

From: U.S. Department of State
Wendy R. Sherman
Under Secretary for Political Affairs
United States Institute of Peace
Washington, DC
June 3, 2014

UNDER SECRETARY SHERMAN: Well, it’s really wonderful to be here, and I must say it’s great to see Kristin Lord who’s acting as president – she acts at it quite well. But it’s also a real pleasure for me to be here with three of my Africa mentors – Ambassador George Moose, Ambassador Princeton Lyman, and Ambassador Johnnie Carson, and my current mentor, Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield. I am really privileged to have worked with all of these extraordinary public servants, and very much look forward to their reflections on what we are discussing today, because they are extraordinarily knowledgeable and among the most deft and skilled diplomats I have ever known in my life. So thank you all. I’m honored by your presence here today.

I also – my colleagues were teasing with me about whether the liability insurance was paid up here at USIP. It seems that it’s not just – when I went to Somalia, everything went fine. It was a difficult trip, but extraordinarily wonderful. But it seems I don’t have much success elsewhere. When I was up on Capitol Hill, as you may have read by a David Sanger piece, I managed to rupture my pinkie finger, which will never be the same again, going to give a secure briefing to members of Congress. And then when I was recently in Vienna on Iran negotiations, I sprained my ankle, which is why I am in flat shoes. And so I’m hopeful today will be all about the promise of Somalia and nothing will be fractured or broken in the process. (Laughter.)

My purpose today is to discuss American policy towards Somalia. Within the context of the Administration’s partnership with Africa and U.S. leadership more generally, something the President’s been speaking about of late, some of you may be asking: Why Somalia? Why a speech on Somalia? My answer is that 20 years ago – and I was at the State Department at the time – the United States essentially withdrew from this country. And now we are back working in close collaboration with the international community and bearing fervent hopes, tempered of course by ongoing concerns.

Our approach Somalia is distinctive for the simple reason that Africa today defies generalization. While parts of the continent remain mired in poverty and held back by conflict, seven of the world’s ten fastest growing economies are in Africa. Domestic markets are expanding rapidly in such urban hubs as Cape Town, Addis Ababa, and Lagos. Across the region examples abound of civil society thriving, health care improving, access to education growing, and life expectancy rising.

Under the President’s leadership, U.S. policy in Africa corresponds to this diversity. The African Growth and Opportunity Act promotes free markets, attracts investment, encourages trade, and facilities integration into the global economy. The Feed the Future program harnesses the power of the private sector to help small landholders and farmers learn business skills. The African Women’s Entrepreneurship program is accelerating the growth of women-owned businesses, and the President’s Young African Leaders initiative, one that I was able to join a couple of years ago. My staff said, “You need to go do this early in the morning.” I said, “Really?” I said, “Leave the building? Not go to the morning meetings? Go do this?” I want to tell you, as soon as I was in the room, I never wanted to leave again. The energy, the vibrancy, the vitality, the promise, the possibility was simply extraordinary. This Young African Leaders initiative is helping some of the continent’s most promising young people to fulfill their potential. These measures and much, much more will be on the agenda when in early-August President Obama welcomes nearly 50 African leaders to Washington for a historic summit.

Also under discussion at that time will be the efforts of African nations themselves with support from the United States and other partners how they are responding to an array of security challenges. With African states in the lead, America is backing initiatives to return safely more than 200 girls kidnapped in Nigeria, eradicate the loathsome Lord’s Resistance Army and disarm militias, end fighting, and support peace operations in strife-torn lands across the continent.

Last week in his commencement address at West Point, President Obama said he will ask Congress to create a new, $5 billion counterterrorism partnerships fund that will help build the capacity of our international partners to respond effectively to the terrorist threat. In his remarks, the President emphasized that the nature of this threat has evolved, and our strategy must keep pace with it.

The core of al-Qaida, the force responsible for 9/11, has been weakened. Danger remains, however, because of the emergence of groups with links to al-Qaida that have embraced the same destructive agenda. One such group is al-Shabaab, the Somali-based organization that continues to carry out attacks on innocent civilians both within and beyond Somalia’s borders.

In Somalia, as elsewhere, defeating a terrorist force requires a multi-faceted approach that makes clear not only what we are against, but also what we are for. And that is the subject I want to highlight today.

As members of this audience know, Somalia is both blessed and cursed by geography. Much of its territory is arid and inhospitable for farming and grazing. But the country’s strategic location and natural harbors have long made it a focus of international interest. In the modern era, it drew the attention first of colonial powers and then, after gaining independence, became embroiled in the Cold War chess game between East and West.

In the early 1990s, disaster arrived. Internal conflicts led to the closing of the U.S. and many other foreign embassies, a devastating shortage of food, the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force, the harrowing Battle of Mogadishu, and the dissolution of organized government. Almost overnight, the very word “Somalia” became a synonym for chaos.

During this period, hundreds of thousands of people were forced to flee, factories were torn apart and sold as scrap, patriotic monuments were torn down, schools were closed, and gangs of armed thugs roamed the streets.

Calling home, famed Somali writer Nuruddin Farah was warned by his brother not to return. “Forget Somalia,” he was told, “consider it buried, dead.” Wrote Farah: “How full of tragedy is the instant when it dawns on one that one’s country does not exist anymore, either as an idea or as a physical reality.”

Not long ago, at the Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya, I met a young twenty year old man. He told me he had spent his entire life in the camp – his entire life. He was born there and he was still there. Think about how narrow an experience that is, especially in this, the so-called age of globalization.

The depth of Somalia’s trauma should bring home to us the distance and the difficulty of the long road back, the precious nature of the opportunity now before us, the magnitude of what has already been achieved, and the staggering amount of hard work still ahead. To be clear, tomorrow, disaster could arrive again. But today, there are tangible reasons for hope.

In a campaign that started in 2011, African Union and government forces liberated the capital and a number of major cities and towns, some of which had been under al-Shabaab’s control for as long as seven years. In 2012, a new provisional constitution was adopted and a parliament sworn in. In September of that year, the legislators chose professor and civic activist Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as President. Meanwhile, a determined effort by governments and the shipping industry put many of Somalia’s pirates out of business. In Mogadishu, real estate prices are on the rise, seaport activity is increasing, once-shuttered businesses are re-opening, and new solar-powered lights have lifted spirits and lightened streets. Returning from overseas, former Somali expatriates are now serving as cabinet ministers and re-establishing themselves as entrepreneurs.

To borrow Achebe’s phrase, in Somalia twenty years ago, all things had fallen apart. But today, the outlook is improving because Somalis themselves have taken on the responsibility for reclaiming what was lost and rebuilding what was destroyed. They are the ones who have assumed the lead.

In response to this welcome trend, the United States in January 2013 recognized Somalia’s Government for the first time in 22 years. And in September international donors pledged over $2 billion in reconstruction aid to implement – excuse me – to implement the Somalia New Deal Compact, which in President Hassan Sheikh’s words, “will lay a strong foundation for building reliable, transparent, and accountable state institutions.”

At the same time, African countries have stepped up by supporting Somali security through AMISOM, the African Union Mission in Somalia. This is the type of robust regional action we have seen more and more – in South Sudan and the Great Lakes, where diplomatic initiatives are African-led; in Nigeria, where the depredations of Boko Haram recently prompted five African leaders to link arms in Paris in a resolute show of solidarity; and in the Central African Republic and other countries where AU – African Union peacekeepers have been deployed.

In Somalia, the national authorities have begun to take charge with help and support of their neighbors. The role of the world community, including the United States, is to encourage and nurture this process, and that is exactly what we are doing. As I speak, American officials are working closely with Somali leaders, civil society representatives, and a variety of international partners to help the nation come together and move ahead.

The reasons for our involvement are straightforward. First, we have an interest in helping all of Africa sustain its economic momentum and lengthen the roster of countries that contribute to stability, prosperity, and peace. Second, a secure and united Somalia would weaken the forces of extremism and terror that feed off one another and that threaten citizens in almost every country, including the United States. Third, an increasingly stable Somalia would enable two million refugees and internally displaced persons to begin returning to their homes, thus fueling growth domestically and easing political pressures in neighboring lands. Fourth, all maritime nations will benefit if the recent decline in piracy becomes permanent. Fifth, a stable and economically viable Somalia would reduce the intense strain put on Africa’s peacekeeping resources, thus making it easier over time for the region to respond to crises elsewhere.

And finally, there is a more personal element. Some 130,000 Americans are of Somali heritage, and of these many are deeply committed to the recovery and prosperity of their homeland. They show this commitment by advocating for Somalia and by sending money back to their loved ones. Today, an estimated one-third of the country’s total income is derived from remittances – one-third of the total income of the country. This reminds us how bleak the economic picture in Somalia remains. An estimated three million citizens lack secure supplies of food and 860,000 are in need of emergency help. One baby in ten dies at birth and, of the survivors, one in seven is severely malnourished. Of the adults, fewer than half are literate.

For too long, the people of Somalia have suffered from clan-based violence and civil strife. For too long, they have been scattered and unable to establish roots. Now is the best time, the best chance in a quarter century for them to realize the promise that accompanied their nation’s independence. In that quest, the United States is right where it should be: on Somalia’s side. And as we support the country’s progress, our strategy is centered on three key elements: security, governance, and development.

In our view, these topics are not separate, but reinforcing. Development is harder in a climate of fear and so is effective governance. Terrorism both generates anarchy and thrives within it. There is no direct correlation between poverty and extremism, but people engaged in building strong communities are usually too busy to hate. And in Somalia, hate is another name for al-Shabaab.

Al-Shabaab originated less than a decade ago as a militant youth group opposed to any effort to move Somalia toward stability and democracy. Its obstruction of humanitarian aid deliveries deepened the horror of a famine that, between 2010 and 2012, claimed more than a quarter million lives. As Somalis have rejected al-Shabaab’s radical ideas, the group has sought notoriety beyond the country’s borders – orchestrating a bombing that killed 74 soccer fans in Kampala and the murder of 67 men and women at a shopping mall, Westgate, in Nairobi.

The job of degrading and defeating al-Shabaab belongs jointly to the Somali National Army and AMISOM, with support from the United States and other international partners. Over the past three years, these forces made impressive gains in driving al-Shabaab from its strongholds in Mogadishu and numerous towns in south and central Somalia. These victories caused a shift in momentum that must now be sustained.

But as daily headlines attest, al-Shabaab is still a potent threat. It continues to target government officials and humanitarian staff and to hinder the provision of basic services. Last month it carried out bombings in Mogadishu and Baidoa, and just a week ago Saturday launched a multipronged attack on the nation’s parliament, a strike that failed due to the efforts of AMISOM and Somali forces.

Our strategy for helping Somalia defend itself begins with our firm support for AMISOM’s stabilizing role. Last year we endorsed wholeheartedly a UN Security Council decision to enlarge the mission by more than 4,000 troops, thus enabling it and the Somali Army to resume offensive operations. Overall, since 2007 we have contributed more than half a billion dollars in training, equipment, and logistical support. The many African countries that participated in the mission deserve enormous credit. It is a long and wonderful list, and Somali leaders are deeply appreciative of the sacrifices they have made. The UN also plays a central role in backing AMISOM, but every stakeholder agrees that the mission cannot continue indefinitely. Our shared goal is to help Somalia develop more capable security forces of its own.

To that end, the United States is assisting the Somali National Army. In recent years, the State Department has obligated more than $170 million to help recruit and train forces that will be able to protect the country’s institutions and citizens, operate under civilian control, fairly represent Somalia’s population, and respect human rights and international law. In this connection, I note that the army recently approved a code of conduct that prohibits employing soldiers under the age of 18. I note as well that some 1,500 women are now members of that force.

As one element of our support, a small contingent of U.S. military personnel – including some special operations forces – have been present in parts of Somalia for several years. In the past, their activities focused primarily on information sharing and advising AMISOM in its efforts to counter the threat from al-Qaida and al-Shabaab. Today these personnel continue that mission but have also begun to work with the Somali National Army. In addition, last fall the Department of Defense established a small team in Mogadishu to coordinate with related efforts by the international community to help AMISOM and Somali forces.

The aid we provide includes training support for the Somali advanced infantry company, also known as “Danab” – the Lightning Force. This is a 150-person unit that we believe can become a source of future leadership for the entire army. I know from my own conversations with Somali leaders that it makes a difference to the army’s morale that the United States cares enough to assist them, and I know for a fact that there is no better source of instruction for any armed force than the U.S. military.

Additionally, as President Obama noted in his speech, our partnerships do not altogether eliminate the need for direct action to protect American lives. From time to time the U.S. military has conducted such action in Somalia against a limited number of targets, who, based on information about their current and historical activities, have been determined to be part of al-Qaida. And in the future, we may take action against threats that pose a continuing imminent threat to U.S. persons. These strikes will be conducted under the highest operational standards, including the requirement of near certainty that civilians will not be injured or killed by our actions. The goal of our military assistance to Somalia is to enhance the country’s security, and by so doing contribute to its political and economic development. The campaign against al-Shabaab is an essential part of Somalia’s struggle to recover. Equally critical, however, is progress in establishing governing institutions that are capable and credible. The good news is that Somalis have a clear idea of what they would like to achieve. This is laid out in their Vision 2016 document and in the New Deal Compact developed jointly with the international community.

Somalia now has an interim parliament, a president, and a prime minister, and a roadmap calling for a permanent constitution and national elections. Despite this, it is true that its federal governing institutions remain in their infancy. This is all quite new. Virtually every component of public administration must be rebuilt. That is why the United States is furnishing assistance to the Somali parliament and to key ministries for the purpose of professionalizing operations and training personnel, why AMISOM recently conducted an executive leadership and management course for 80 senior civil servants, and why the UN has established a strong political presence in Somalia.

Since the United States recognized the new government, we have given more than $315 million in bilateral aid. Our contributions are designed to strengthen both the public and private sectors, create jobs, increase access to modern technology, and improve the climate for key industries such as agriculture, livestock, and energy. USAID is working to increase opportunities for women and it has rehabilitated markets in 16 towns, turning unsanitary eyesores into clean, comfortable, and orderly commercial stalls. We are also collaborating with our partners to prevent the resurgence of polio and to reinvigorate the justice sector, including the Somali national police and courts.

In addition, our assistance is helping to equip 160,000 young Somalis with education and skills they will need to participate in the workforce. This is vital because, like many African countries, Somalia is remarkably young. The median age is less than half that of the United States. We are at 35 years of age; Somalia’s median is 17. Because the median age is less than half that of the United States, this creates an imperative for the nation’s leaders that can be understood by any parent – how to channel youthful energy in a positive direction.

Make no mistake, the list of challenges Somalia must address is long. As in any place where government institutions are underdeveloped, crime and corruption are severe problems. Political infighting and clan disputes have caused the country to lag behind its own timetable for reform. There’s also a pressing requirement for transparency and financial management so the government can earn trust both domestically and globally. The recent appointment of a financial governance committee and also of central bank officials are significant and important first steps.

Another priority is to ensure that when al-Shabaab is pushed out of an area, it is replaced by a governing presence that can protect citizens and instill optimism. This task is complicated by the fact that when local populations return to such areas, they often find that terrorists have stripped them of infrastructure, food, and supplies. The United States is supporting quick impact projects in these areas. But although external assistance is essential, so is inclusive government and local participation in setting priorities. If the Somali nation is to come together, the newly liberated towns must be part of it, not islands unto themselves.

Yet a further challenge to Somalia’s development is posed by its regional fragmentation. Although the country’s population is less ethnically diverse than many in Africa, its people still possess strong local affinities and clan loyalties. Somaliland in the north, for example, sought to distance itself from the tumult elsewhere by establishing its own governing structures. Neighboring Puntland also has a high degree of autonomy. Moving forward, leaders must preserve the strengths of these regional administrations while also reconciling them with Somalia’s national identity.

The appropriate means for accomplishing this include dialogue, the ballot box, and the judicial process. The United States believes that a stable federal Somalia with a credible national government in Mogadishu is in the best interest of all Somalis, but to achieve this, there must be a willingness to compromise on every side. It is critical that issues of authority and jurisdiction be settled because investors will be reluctant to make commitments if there is confusion about who is in charge. One possible model is the method by which an agreement was reached last year between the national government and the interim administration in Jubaland. This pact delineates federal and state authorities and provides a framework for managing resources and controlling revenue.

The United States will remain actively engaged with both national and regional leaders to strengthen institutions and promote cooperation on every level. Looking ahead, the pivotal test for Somalia will not be procuring more assistance from the world community or even defeating al-Shabaab. The truly defining test will be an internal one. Somalis have to decide whether they want to exist as disparate clans isolated from the world and in conflict with one another, or as a united country with all the attributes, benefits, and responsibilities that such unity brings. None of us can make that choice for Somalia.

But Somalis should know if they choose to continue to come together, they will have enthusiastic and substantial international support. Currently, America’s diplomatic team in Somalia is led by U.S. Special Representative Jim – James McAnulty. I said Jim because that’s what I think of him as – an ambassador equivalent based in Nairobi, who along with other U.S. personnel travels back and forth frequently to Somalia. The United States has not had a formal ambassador to Mogadishu since we closed our mission on January 5th, 1991. I can tell you today that this will be changing. As a reflection both of our deepening relationship with the country and of our faith that better times are ahead, the President will propose the first U.S. ambassador to Somalia in more than two decades. We indeed look forward to the day when both nations have full-fledged diplomatic missions in the capital of the other.

I said earlier that U.S. policy towards Somalia was based not solely on what we are against, but more importantly, what we are for. So in closing, let me just say that America is for a Somalia where children are born healthy and immunized against deadly disease; a Somalia where families are able to eat more than a single meal each day and where the water they drink won’t harm them; a Somalia where every boy and girl has access to an education; a Somalia where women and men are able to walk without fear; and where citizens have faith in their government because freedom has meaning and the rights of all are respected.

In his memoir, Nuruddin Farah wrote of the high value Somalis put on having a home, a place that, in his words, “affords a greater sense of privacy, of self-honor, and dignity.” Friends and colleagues, the path ahead remains rocky and uphill, but let us all have faith that the day will arrive when the people of Somalia are able to fully reclaim their home and to know once again the honor and dignity that comes with that sense of ownership.

Thank you very much. (Applause.)

AMBASSADOR CARSON: Ambassador Sherman, let me be the first to congratulate you on a excellent speech on Somalia, and also for what appears to be the announcement of a new U.S. ambassador to that country for the first time in two decades.

I’ll start by asking one or two questions but quickly move to the audience. In the last several days, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization has issued a report that states that Somalia is once again on the threshold of a major famine. My question is: How serious do you think this is likely to be? What is the U.S. doing right now to avert it? And would such a famine, if it gets out of control, undermine some of the confidence in the current government and undermine some of the stability in Somalia that has been achieved?

UNDER SECRETARY SHERMAN: A very simple question from Ambassador Carson. (Laughter.)

Of course we are concerned, and we have been concerned forever about famine in Somalia because, as I said, there is a great deal of Somalia that is arid – that food cannot be grown, and food security is enormously important. And in places, as I mentioned in the speech, where al-Shabaab has been, often whatever food was available has been stolen, taken, consumed, gone. The United States gives a fair amount of aid to Somalia, is looking at ways that we can further address the food security issues. Feed the Future program is very active in Somalia both in terms of funds and helping to build capacity, which is critical, because we all know that the real solution is a growing economy where you can’t grow food; you can import food. And as I said, agriculture is one of the areas in which we are putting a lot of our efforts to grow that sector and to grow that capacity.

There is no doubt that a true famine will further increase the insecurity of Somalia, and so the United States, which is the single largest contributor to the World Food Program, hopes that all of those appeals are met by the international community, and we are doing whatever we can to ensure that the international community responds and responds to FAO’s recent report, and that we help in whatever way we can to meet this demand. It is quite crucial.

And it is indeed, I think – if I make no other point in the remarks today, it is that all of these elements are integrated. I think that is what the President was trying to convey in his speech at West Point, which is when you have situations of a country like Somalia which is plagued by so much that is difficult and has been really nonexistent for two decades, one has to work in every sector in every way to deal with governance, to deal with terrorism, to deal with security, to deal with political development. And it is a long and complicated and difficult process, but what I found most extraordinary in my visit to Somalia was it has gotten underway, it is happening – with great difficulty, two steps forward and maybe three steps backwards from time to time, but it is proceeding forward, and it is no easy task.

AMBASSADOR CARSON: Ambassador Sherman, before we go to the audience, I’d like to raise a regional question and ask: What has been the impact of the Kenyan decision to crack down on illegal Somalis in that country, the impact in Kenya and the impact in Somalia?

UNDER SECRETARY SHERMAN: First I want to say that Kenya has welcomed hundreds of thousands of refugees from Somalia. I’ve been to Dadaab; I’m sure many of the people in this audience have been. I know you have, Ambassador Carson. And none of us would want to be that 20-year-old who has only known a refugee camp. But I think we all have to be grateful for what Kenya has done to welcome refugees into Kenya and to provide – try to provide a home until there can be a full repatriation to Somalia on a voluntary basis.

We of course would urge Kenya to continue its long history of treating refugees with dignity, within the rule of law, and to ensure their security. And the Kenyan police are a very, in many ways, sophisticated force. We rely on them in our Embassy in Nairobi for security and they are always there to help. And we would urge that the Kenyans look at any incident that has come to fore – we’ve seen all of these reports – take it seriously as they have done in the past, and try to ensure that refugees are given the most dignity possible. No one wants to be a refugee. No one chooses to be one.

AMBASSADOR CARSON: Thank you. We’re going to move to the audience, and we do have a very tight window. Questions should be short and specific, not long commentary. One question here, sir. You’ve had your hand up. Identify yourself, please.

QUESTION: Mark Tavlarides with the Podesta Group. The President’s launched a go-to-school initiative to put a million kids in school. Just wondering if you could just tell us a little bit about the importance the U.S. attaches to that initiative and what we’re doing to help them in that area.

UNDER SECRETARY SHERMAN: I think education is absolutely critical. We think access to education is critical; we have supported educational support as part of our programming through USAID, and I think that we all know everywhere in the world education is critical for the development of a country. I think what horrified everyone about what happened to the schoolgirls in Nigeria – and I think most of you in this audience know that Boko Haram has been killing and kidnapping people for some time and the world had not quite caught on to what was happening, and painfully and horrifically it took over 200 schoolgirls being kidnapped for the world to understand the risks and what was occurring in northern Nigeria. And I think what horrified all of us who have children is to imagine that the simple act of going to school – the simple act of going to school, of a girl getting an education – would mean that she should be kidnapped and in essence put into slavery is horrifying. And so education is critical for every country across the continent, and obviously in Somalia very much so.


QUESTION: Morning. My name is Mohamed Ali, Somali American Peace Council. It was a beautiful speech. We appreciate what you did and what my new country is doing for Somalia.

My question is: Why don’t we empower Somali Americans like our organization and others all over the country, because we have good projects and we are willing to go back and help the country? For instance, we have a project called Sports for Peace, and the idea is to counterbalance the terrorists. As an ex-basketball coach myself when I was a teenager back home, I’m planning to go back this summer and trying to help. We get the approval by the IRS, the tax exempt, but the USAID rules working the – like our project, but the red tape of the government is still there. So if there’s way you can empower us, maybe even waive those red tapes so we can go and help Somalia? Thank you.

UNDER SECRETARY SHERMAN: Well, I think it’s terrific that you have an organization that is working in Somalia and working with Somalis; that as an expatriate, folks have come together to see what they can do. I know that every nongovernmental organization thinks there’s too much U.S. red tape. I think that’s a given. But we have that red tape for transparency, for good governance; for ensuring how things are happening, make sure it fits into an integral program, supports the objectives of the Somali Government. So I apologize for the red tape, but it is there for a reason, and I’m sure that we’re doing whatever we can.

But I want to say that it takes all of us in whatever role we’re in – the private sector – that means companies, investors – non-governmental organizations that do their own philanthropy, as well as governments like the United States to support the primary leader, which is the Somalis themselves.

QUESTION: Thank you, Under Secretary Sherman, for a very substantive presentation. My question goes to the issue of timing. I’m Bernadette Paolo from the Africa Society. We’ve seen recently that African governments – their response to terrorism has either been ineffective or ill-timed, and waiting for the African Union and the United Nations often – that delay causes additional problems. So with the African heads of state summit coming, do you think it’s possible for preventative mechanisms to be put in place, or a security response – an early response so that we don’t have this lag time, and better cooperation and coordination among the international community and African countries? Thank you.

UNDER SECRETARY SHERMAN: Well first of all, let me say I think things have come a very long way from where they once were. There is capacity in Africa that has never existed before, and I tried to give some examples where you have African-led regional organizations that have stepped up – whether that was in Mali; whether that is in CAR; whether that is in Sudan, South Sudan; in Somalia – really throughout five heads of state. I was in Paris for the Nigerian summit – five heads of states joining arms for border security and for trying to take on a task collectively and bring each of their strengths to the table.

So I think there’s been enormous progress. And what our job should be is to nurture the development of those regional organizations to develop the capacity of Africa themselves. There have been a lot of creative ideas about that, about how to build an African force that would be permanent on the continent and able to respond quickly to crises. And I think all of these ideas I’m sure will be in discussion at sessions at the Africa summit. But I think the most important thing we can do is build the capacity of Africans themselves, because they are right there and then can do the job, as opposed to wait for a Security Council resolution getting troops to come. All of that takes time and there’s no way to cut that time short, because people do it on a voluntary basis – troop-contributing countries.

QUESTION: Thank you so much, Ambassador Sherman. My name is Cindy Waite) and I’m a Charles B. Rangel fellow, and will be entering the Foreign Service in the summer of 2016.


QUESTION: Thank you so much. Thank you again for your remarks. And I’m really interested – you made a huge announcement that the President will propose the first ambassador in over 20 years to Somalia. I’m interested —

UNDER SECRETARY SHERMAN: You interested? (Laughter.)

QUESTION: I’m sorry. I’m interested if you could just say a few remarks to those of us who will be entering the diplomatic corps and are so excited to serve worldwide, what it might look like in a few years – I know you can’t tell the future, but what that region – what it might look like to serve there, how many people are currently serving there, what a small embassy would look like in the beginning stages, et cetera. Thank you so much.

UNDER SECRETARY SHERMAN: Probably either Ambassador Carson or Assistant Secretary Greenfield can tell you how many people are serving there. I don’t know. Do either of you know off the top of your head how many people serve in Africa?




UNDER SECRETARY SHERMAN: Well, Somalia we don’t have a permanent presence.


UNDER SECRETARY SHERMAN: Gosh, we have thousands of people serving in Africa.


UNDER SECRETARY SHERMAN: So – did you hear? Thirty-seven – because I don’t know – Linda doesn’t have a microphone on. Thirty-seven hundred serving overseas. And Assistant Secretary Greenfield was also the director general of the State Department, so she knows about personnel. And about a dozen in Nairobi who serve our efforts in Somalia, as well as people who come in and out on what we call TDY, which you will come to understand means when people from Washington and elsewhere come to serve a particular mission for a period of time.

I think serving in Africa is a tremendously exciting proposition. As I said, seven of the 10 largest and fastest growing economies – fastest growing, not largest – but fastest growing economies are in Africa. The youth population in Africa is both a challenge, but it also is energy that beats the band. I think we had something like – I forget – 500 slots and 50,000 people, young people apply by email to have one of those Young African Leader Initiative slots. So it is filled with energy and excitement and possibility, also is filled with conflict and danger and difficulty and painstaking and sometimes way-too-slow progress. But that is life as we all know it. So congratulations, you’ve got a great future ahead of you.

AMBASSADOR CARSON: The gentleman in the back on the left.

QUESTION: My name is Stephen Druhot. I’m a business person. I do business both in Somaliland and in Somalia. And you mentioned, Ambassador Carson, the impending possibility of a famine in that area again. Currently, the United States does have a pre-positioning warehouse in Djibouti and they have funding in the farm bill. And if this is going to happen, which is being predicted to happen, you could easily begin to move the cargo out of Djibouti towards Mogadishu at the same time you move the cargo from the United States into Djibouti because neither will be able to quell the impending disaster. It’s a solution, not a question. (Laughter.)

UNDER SECRETARY SHERMAN: Well, thank you very much for your expertise, and thank you for the work that you do. As I said, the private sector is a critical partner, so thank you for what you do in Somaliland and Somalia as a whole. Thank you.

QUESTION: Hi, I’m Dana Hughes from ABC News. I have two questions. One, if you could give any kind of a timeline for when the President plans to name this ambassador, and will that ambassador be part of the team in Nairobi?

The second question I have is: When Shabaab fell in Kismayo and Mogadishu, intelligence analysts had a real fear that they would simply spread out. With the attacks in Westgate and the continued attacks in Kenya, the attacks in Djibouti, has that fear been realized? And how does that influence U.S. security policy not just in Somalia but in the region as a whole? Thank you.

UNDER SECRETARY SHERMAN: So for your – in answer to your first question, when will the U.S. ambassador be named, I will give you government speak: Soon. (Laughter.) And that ambassador will begin working out of Nairobi. We have an office in Mogadishu in the airport compound, and I would hope that in the years ahead, as I said, that we will see a full presence both in Somalia and by the Somalis here in Washington. It’ll take some time, but we take this in a step-by-step approach.

Secondly, in terms of al-Shabaab, yes, many analysts were concerned that as they were pushed out of not only Kismayo and Mogadishu but in villages, they would bleed into the community and then just wait for the next opportunity or go someplace else, which they clearly have done. It’s why this has to be a regional approach. Terror is not about a location. It is about really a regional response that is not just country specific, because it has to do with the security of borders, it has to do with economic development, it has to with growth, it has to do with basic security and government services. There’s a whole cavalcade of integrated efforts that have to go forward to put terror on its back foot for the long term and allow the good forces of people being able to live their daily lives to come forward.

There has been a step taken in the right direction – more than one step – by Somalis themselves. But as I’ve said, this is still an uphill struggle, and I cannot tell you that tomorrow, the day after I’ve given this speech, some awful event will not happen, because al-Shabaab is clearly still present not only in Somalia but in the neighboring countries. So this is an effort that we are taking on collectively in support not only of the Somalis but of the Kenyans, the Djiboutians, and everyone else in the region and in the continent.

AMBASSADOR CARSON: Ambassador Sherman, we have a hard stop at —


AMBASSADOR CERSON: — 12 o’clock and we have reached that moment. I, on behalf of the acting president of USIP, on behalf of the institution itself , want to thank you enormously for coming here this morning to talk about Somalia and Africa. It has been a pleasure to listen to you and to hear the progress that has been made in our policy in that country. And it’s a pleasure to see you again as well.

UNDER SECRETARY SHERMAN: Thank you all very much, and do whatever you can – every single one of you in this audience – to support the Somalis in the journey they are taking themselves and the progress they have made and all of the progress that must be yet to come. I thank you all for however you can contribute to that. Your government can do only so much. It really will take everyone in support of the Somali Government for them to do what they are trying to do for themselves. Thank you very much.

AMBASSADOR CARSON: Thank you. (Applause.)

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Somalia: Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed concludes visit to Kismayo

From: Free Somalia Press

Mogadishu, Saturday, 19 April 2014 – His Excellency Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed concluded his seven-day working visit to Kismayo with a ceremony to mark the progress made during his visit. The ceremony signals the success of the visit of H.E. the Prime Minister and the commitment of the Interim Jubba Administration (IJA) and other stakeholders to promoting peace and harmony amongst the people of Jubba. The leader of the Interim Jubba Administration H.E. Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe), parliamentarians, cabinet members, traditional elders, women’s groups, religious leaders, diplomats, UN and AMISOM officials attended the ceremony, which was held at the former Insurance Centre.

Representatives from the UN, AMISOM, IGAD and the neighbouring countries praised the progress made during the Prime Minister’s visit and the agreement between the political factions in Jubba vowing to support the peace process and the implementation of the agreement.

Addressing the ceremony, the Prime Minister said that progress in Jubba benefits all communities. His Excellency praised the leadership and efforts of H.E. Ahmed Madobe and his administration, the traditional elders and women’s groups of Jubba, calling on them to collectively continue to work for peace, collaboration and the development of Jubba.

It was announced during the ceremony that the troops who had been positioned outside the city of Kismayo for some time have now agreed to come into the city after engaging in successful talks with leaders from the federal government, IJA, and traditional elders. This marks the beginning of a process to officially integrate those troops into the Somali National Army so that they can receive their rightful benefits and salaries.

“We are all committed to working for peace and collaboration, and it is my hope that all Somalis will work towards a better Somalia. The period of conflict, war and mistrust is over. We are turning towards peace, development and peaceful co-existence for the people of Jubba,” the Prime Minister said.

A communiqué was read before the participants of the ceremony that outlines all the points that were agreed upon and reaffirms the commitment of all parties to the Addis Ababa agreement between the Federal Government and the Interim Jubba Administration. The Prime Minister acknowledged the efforts made by the Interim Jubba Administration and paid tribute to SNA Forces and AMISOM for their role in the fight against Al-Shabaab.

After extensive consultations with the IJA and the community in general, the Prime Minister:

1. Instructed the full implementation of the Addis Ababa Agreement;

2. Instructed responsible authorities in the FGS in coordination with IJA and community leaders to immediately work out the implementation of the integration of the forces in the Jubba Regions;

3. Welcomed the recently established Technical Security Committee and instructed the committee to fast-track on-going integration efforts;

4. Established a joint high level committee to chart out action plan for the implementation of the outstanding issues in the Addis Ababa and Mogadishu Agreements;

5. Acknowledged the supportive role of IGAD and Ethiopia in the implementation of the Addis Ababa Agreement;

6. Urged the International Community to assist FGS and IJA priority programs in the Jubba;

7. Endorsed the reconciliation committee to organise Kismayo reconciliation conference;

8. Established inter-clan peace committees composed of elders and women groups to help the reconciliation efforts in the region;

9. Advised IJA to establish the regional assembly as soon as possible;

10. Welcomed IJA to engage with the National Defence Working Groups (DWG);

11. Instructed relevant federal institutions to provide the necessary support to IJA line institutions;

12. Directed the Federal Ministry of Defence to enlist SNA troops from the Jubba Regions so that they participate in the Concept of Operations (CONOPS). This undertaking should be concluded within the next 4 weeks;

13. Strongly warned those who obstruct the on-going peace processes in the country and appealed to IGAD and the international community to cooperate with the FGS in taking measures against the obstructers.



From: joachim omolo ouko
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Chris from Nairobi writes: “Father Beste you are the one who can make me understand this operation better. Kenyan interior minister Joseph ole Lenku has banned all Somalia refugees residing in Kenyan towns to go back to their refugees’ camps. In your opinion do you think this can end al Shabaab operations in the country?”

Thank you for this important question Chris. This verdict came days after worshippers in church in the coastal town of Kenya Mombasa were attacked leaving at least six dead and many others injured. In my own opinion I don’t think this can end al Shabaab operations in the country.

Somali refugees have been living in Kenyan main towns over two decades since the fall of the central Somali government in early 1990. You will agree with me that since then the Somalis refugees have been living peacefully.

For ole Lenku to end al Shabaab operations in the country he is first of all to know the reason why they target Kenya. The attack began in October 2011-June 2012 when Kenya and Ethiopia helped the Somali government fight and reduce al-Shabaab’s control over Somalia via Operation Linda Nchi.

This attack will only end when Kenyan troops stop withdraw from Somalia. Since al-Shabaab saw itself as fighting for the spread of Islam — the Islamist jihadi version — Kenya was guilty of assaulting God and the Prophet Mohammed. Islamist jihadi law asserts the punishment for such an offense is death.

Understood this way, even if you send all the refugees back to Somalia al Shabaab operations in Kenya will continue. They need a soft, high-profile target that would result in numerous dead civilians in the most horrific manner. It explains why Westgate attack was perfect for this.

It explains further why in July 2010, al-Shabaab suicide bombers attacked two sports clubs in Kampala, Uganda, packed with civilians watching the FIFA World Cup final. The explosions killed 74 and wounded 70 — revenge and Islamist jihadi “defense” for Uganda’s participation in the United Nation’s African Union Mission in Somalia.

The reason why al Shabaab will continue its operations in Kenya and its neighboring countries even if all Somalis refugees are sent back is that al Shabaab has strengthened its movements in Kenya. They have even trained Kenyans in their camps.

It also means that Islamist jihadism has expanded in Africa. That is why aside from Somalia and Kenya, al-Qaida-related groups are increasingly active in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Mali, Nigeria and Tanzania. That is why al-Shabaab has not only become a more serious threat to Kenya but also Africa and the international community.

The top tier of al-Shabab’s leadership is composed of committed international jihadis, many of whom have fought in Afghanistan and other battlefields of the war on terrorism, which derive a good deal of their political and financial backing from the Somali diaspora, and especially from the thriving Nairobi community of Eastleigh (which is often called “Little Mogadishu”).

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USA, Dpt. of State Press Releases: Attack on UN Employees in Somalia

From: U.S. Department of State

Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 7, 2014

The United States strongly condemns the killing of two employees of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Puntland, Somalia. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed in the attack. The United States urges the relevant authorities to fully investigate this crime and to bring the perpetrators to justice without delay.

We reiterate our appreciation to all United Nations staff in Somalia for their continued dedication under difficult circumstances. The United States and the United Nations remain determined to support the people and the Federal Government of Somalia in their efforts to strengthen peace, security, and the rule of law.

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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.,

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From: otieno sungu
Sent: Saturday, September 28, 2013 3:33 PM

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]

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

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.


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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.

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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.

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I said many times on this blog and I repeat again that insecurity in Kenya will still be worse unless political leadership is changed to focus on the interest of citizens and the development of the nation like poverty eradication and unemployment crisis. Poverty and unemployment leads to thuggery and murders.

Unless the tendency of manipulating ethnic identities for private interest changes, the government would have no time to put in place the strategies that can address these crucial and urgent problems. Their political base is largely ethnic and their clout is derived from money.

Unless Kenyans think twice and change their attitude of making political choices based on a number of considerations, the issue of insecurity will still be a great problem. This will only be solved the day Kenyans thought beyond their tribes and regions and vote in leaders not tribes.

We see elements of this in the recent elections in Kenya where the West’s threats of “grave consequences” if Kenyans elected those indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) served to mobilise voters in favor of the Uhuru-Ruto ticket.

As seen in the recent election, over 90 percent of Luos voted for Odinga. Over 90 percent of Kalenjin, who had voted Raila by a similar margin in 2007 changed sides and voted for Uhuru.

The Kikuyu overwhelmingly voted Uhuru, a factor that may explain why with a small addition of votes from a few other communities, the Jubilee coalition won. Raila’s Luo allied with the Kamba and other coastal groups had no enough number to win.

The tendency of Kenyans to vote in ethnic blocks explains why the democratic process tends to sustain elite privilege even at the expense of public policies that are supposed to serve the ordinary citizen.

This is because in building a winning electoral coalition, Kenyan politicians need not appeal directly to the masses that vote. Rather they need to negotiate with powerful ethnic intermediaries that represent the masses. These powerful men and women then act as a bridge between the presidential candidate or political party and their co-ethnics.

You may ask how ethnic identity is related to the conflict of loyalties and interests. This is because Kenya being a multi-ethnic society, communities that feel they have been left out in eating national cake will be aggressive to the communities they assume benefit from the cake.

It explains why many ethnic groups always supported the armed struggle for independence in hope that they could regain their grabbed powers. This situation has fomented anger, resentment, lust for revenge, and aggressive competitiveness.

That is why when violent reactions emerge under the influence of ethno-political ideologies tends to take the form of ethnocentrism, the ideology that animates the competition between ethnic groups.

That is also why a section of the population was unhappy about the outcome of the election of December 2007. When they felt their power had been stolen from them, so was the conflict.

The political crisis, under the influence of ethnic rivalry and violence, has recently killed hundreds of people and destroyed property, including burning of houses in some regions.

These conflicts cannot be contained since they are ethnically a deliberate political strategy by desperate groups intended to effect change in the political system that marginalizes them.

The situation has emerged because of unequal distribution of land and other resources, unabated corruption at the national level, extreme poverty in urban slums and squatters, unemployment, and irresponsible leadership.

Unless this changed ethnic identities in Kenya will always act as a pole around which group members are mobilized and compete effectively for state-controlled power and economic resources.

Under the leadership of the predatory elite, members of the ethnic group are urged to form an organized political action-group in order to maximize their corporate political, economic, and social interests.

Since the tendency of manipulating ethnic identities prevails also in Christian churches in Kenya, this situation has robbed churches of the ability to promote social justice for all. Religious leaders would tend to side with their ethnically anointed kings even if they cannot perform.

That is why to some religious leaders Jubilee government was right to pull out of Rome Statute because their anointed ethnic kings are implicated at the ICC. These leaders do not mind about fighting against impunity, what they see is our king is targeted.

When President Uhuru Kenyatta said more than 39 people had been killed, among them close members of his own family, this can send a signal why negative ethnicity is a big threat in Kenya. Why would Al Shabaan target members of his own family, and how did they know that those were members of his family by the way?

Westgate shopping mall may have been the target of choice because its clientele are the filthy rich class of Kenyans together with their equally opulent expatriate counterparts.

Al Shabaab, which has links to al Qaeda and is battling Kenyan and other African peacekeepers in Somalia, had repeatedly threatened attacks on Kenyan soil if Nairobi did not pull its troops out of the Horn of Africa country.

The raid presents Kenyatta with his first major security challenge since a March election victory. The assault has been the biggest single attack in Kenya since al Qaeda’s East Africa cell bombed the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi in 1998, killing more than 200 people.

Kenya sent its troops into Somalia in October 2011 to pursue the militants it blamed for kidnapping tourists and attacking its security forces.

To stop the terrorist attacks, Al Shabaab wants Kenya to pull out of Somalia where the government has been spending billions of tax payer’s money when more than 10 million Kenyans are faced with starvation.

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Sudan: The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste

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This is to inform the Regional News subscribers that from today (Nov. 26, 2012) the news trend will be different. Instead it will be on news dispatch with Omolo Beste, mainly focusing on news in images.

I begin today with the news from Holy Trinity Peace Village Kuron (HTPVK) in South Sudan. Kuron Peace Village is a widely recognized model in successful peace building and in “taking the town to the people.” Click here to read more about the village-

Kuron Peace Village page

The village was founded by Torit Catholic Diocese Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban shortly after his retirement in 2004. He is working with the people of Kuron to build a peace village and help them recover from the long civil war and learn to live in peace with each other.

The people in Kuron area will be from the Toposa, the Jie, the Nyangatom, the Kachipo and other communities in the surrounding areas. The pilot project is expected to create a foundation for lasting peace among the Sudanese communities.

Kuron Demonstration Farm Project aims at introducing animal traction technology to train the community to increase the acreage of land under cultivation using animal traction instead of the traditional hoes which have limited the people to farming small pieces of land.

Traditionally, livestock is kept for prestige and marriages, which are some of the main reasons why youth are so much involved in raiding neighbouring communities. Youth have no other activities.

The Toposa people number about 700, 00 to 750,000. They are found in Kapoeta County, east bank Equatoria. Their most important settlements and villages are Kapoeta, Riwoto, Narus, Kauto, Naita, Mogos, Lamurnyang and Karukomuge.

The Toposa are part of a larger group known as the Ateker cluster, which in the Sudan include the Toposa, Nyangatom and Jiye; The Turkana across the borders in Kenya; the Jie, Dodoth and Karamojong in Uganda. The Toposa people believe that they originated and moved away from the Losolia Mountains in Uganda due to severe drought that had killed both people and animals.

Toposa tradition has it that they are descendants of Lopita or the Paring’a who shared common ancestry with the Murle, Turkana and Karamojong. According to the Toposa the story runs as such: They were moving in waves.

The first people to arrive Losolia cheated the other groups who arrived late and found that the first group had taken the meat leaving only soup. This precipitated the split and separation.

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Somali piracy attacks on ships plying East African coastline sea trade routes have dropped to the lowest level in three years

Writes Leo Odera Omolo

PIRACY in the Indian sea route to Eat African coastline Ocean has dropped to the lowest level in three years.

According to the information released two weeks ago by the Colorado-based International Maritime Bureau – {IMB}- a specialized department of the International Chamber of Commerce-there were only 70 attacks on ships by Somali pirates in the first nine months of this year ,compared with 199 in the corresponding period last year.

The report adds, “As from July to September this year, Somali pirates attacked only one ship, compared with 36 incidents over the same period last year.”

This drop, says the report, brings the global figures for piracy and armed robbery at high sea down at to 233 incidents since 2008.

“It’s good news that hijackings have dropped, but there can be no room for complacency; these waters are still extremely high-risk and the naval presence must be maintained,” the Organization’s director Capt Makundan said.

Last year, maritime operators incurred approximately USD 635 million on war risk as well as kidnap and ransom insurance,USD1,06 and 1,16 billion on security equipment’s and guards and USD 486 -680 on re-routing, according to the IMB a trade research and advocacy group One Earth Future Foundation.

The operators also incurred loses of USD 160 million in ransom from 33 incidents, and costs the world economy between USD 6.6 billion last year. However, the Somali pirates are still holding 11 foreign vessels for ransom wit 167 crew members as hostages as of September 30,2012.

However, IMB warns seafarers to remain vigilant in the high risk waters around Somalia, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, Indonesia, and the South East Asia.

The Colorado-based organization said piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is becoming increasingly dangerous {34 incidents from January to September 2012}, up from 30 last year and has pushed westward from Benin to neighboring Togo.

The attacks are often violent, planned and aimed at stealing refined oil products which can be casually sold in the open market.’ The report said, adding that the pirates often damage communication and navigation equipment to cover their tracks once the vessel is hijacked.

Globally, pirates have killed at least six crew and taken 446 seafarers hostage this year..IMB Piracy Reporting Center recorded that 125 vessels were boarded, 24 hijacked and 26 fired upon. In addition, 58 attempted attacks were reported.

The IMB has been monitoring global piracy since 1991.

At the same time it has been reported that 10 Somalis have been given jail sentence term of up to seven years in Germany for hijacking a cargo ship.

The pirates raided a German vessel MV Tipan, 530 miles of the Horn of Africa in April 2010,with the hope to extort ransom of about USD one million, Humburg state court Justice Bernd Seinmmetz said. A number of countries have also arrested and tried Somali pirates since last year.

The new development comes barely a month after the Kenya Defense Forces together with African Union soldiers and Somali army fighting Al-Shaabab captured Kismayu.

The Somali coastline is among the world most dangerous stretches of waters due to piracy.


Kenya & Somalia: Three Somali journalists killed in suicide bomb attack

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Nairobi, September 20, 2012–Three Somali journalists were killed and at least four were injured in a suicide bomb attack in a Mogadishu café today, according to news reports and local journalists. The attack took place across the street from the National Theater, where a bomb blast in April wounded at least 10 journalists, news reports said.

Two unidentified men entered “The Village” café at around 5:30 p.m. and detonated bombs, killing a total of 14 people and injuring 20, according to news reports and local journalists. Ali Mohamud Rage, a spokesman for the militant insurgent group Al-Shabaab, said the bombing was carried out by supporters of the group, according to Agence France-Presse. “We did not directly order the attacks, but there are lots of angry people in Somalia who support our fight,” AFP reported Rage as saying.

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Young journalist murdered in Mogadishu
Posted by: africanpressorganization | 17 September 2012

MOGADISHU, Somalia, September 17, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ – The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) today condemned sustained deadly violence against journalists following the killing of young journalist in Mogadishu.
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Reports Leo Odera Omolo

The Kenyan coastal port city of Mombasa on the Indian Ocean is under siege following the shooting to death of the radical Islamic preacher Aboud Rogo this morning by unknown gun-men.

The preacher who is suspected of having link with the Alqaeda backed Al-Shabaab Islamist terrorists in the neighboring Somali was sot sixteen times at close range by unknown assailants.

The incident took place at a place called Majengo King’orani suburb of Mombasa. The attackers shot Aboud Rogo at close range while he was sitting inside his car with his wife who he was taking to the hospital, Hs wife sustain gunshot wound on her leg, but survived and was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

The controversial Islamic preacher was driving his car with hi wife in the passenger seat along the Mombasa-Malindi highway this morning when he attacks occurred.

A vehicle suspected to have ferried he unknown attackers over took his vehicle and the gun-men hiding inside the second car opened fire on him. He was shot sixteen times according to the police who launched investigations immediately.

Immediately the news of the slaying went round through this busy port city, Muslim enraged youth rioted and engaged the antiriot police for the better part of the day.

One man was killed in the process, Salvation Army church was torched, a police vehicle was set ablaze and reduced into ashes, and Evangelist Center was attacked vandalized and looted.

The youth mainly from the Muslims seemed to have targeted establishment with Christianity connections. The police and other security apparatus were beefed into the city center where the massive looting and destruction o property of unknown quantity took place.

Businesses in the Central Business District {CBD} quickly closed down and remain inaccessible for the better part of the day as police engaged the youth in a running street battle for the whole day.

Mombasa which situated along the shore of Indian Ocean is Kenya’s second largest city. It is housing he busiest port, which is also serving most of the landlocked African nations of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, DR Congo, Northern Tanzania, Central African Republic and to a lesser extent Zambia.

The slain radical Islamic preacher died while had a court pending case in which he was facing serious criminal charges of conducting terrorism related activities n Kenya. He died when he was under twenty four hours security surveillance on suspicion of allegedly having close link with Somalia based Al-Shabaab militia groups suspected of being funded by Alqaeda international terrorist group from the Arab nations.

Meanwhile, Kenya the Eastern African nations which has enjoyed relatively calm, political stability ever since it gained its political independence from its former colonial power, the Great Britain in 1963 is currently bleeding to death.

Close to 70 people died last week in various parts of the country as the result of politically motivated ethno-politics.

In the coastal remote district of Tana River I an area commonly known as Tana Delta, 31 women and 11 children were massacred last Wednesday following the tribal skirmishes between the nomadic Orma tribesmen and their agriculturally rich Pokomo tribesmen.

Close to 100 dwelling houses were set ablaze. Properties of unknown value were destroyed. The midnight attack saw the attackers slashing and spearing livestock to death. More than 100 houses were razed down and turned into ashes.

In Nairobi last Thursday the Acting Internal Security Minister Yusuf Haji told the hushed house that an Assistant Minister in the same government was the principal suspect as the one who had incited his community into violence against their neighbors.

The Minister disclosed that he had ordered the police security and a team of the Criminal Investigation Department [CID} of the Kenya police to investigate the incident and tae the most appropriate legal action against the inciters.

Haji who is also Kenya’s Defense Minister pointed an accusing finger at the Assistant Minister for Livestock Dhadho Godhana who was present in the House at the time. The Assistant Minister is the Mp for the affected area in Tana River. As the Minister was addressing the most attentive MPs they shouted “Sack him! Sack him!”

The Minister accused the Assistant Minister for having adamantly refused to take part in a reconciliation meeting called by the government to reconcile the warring communities.

The next day the Assistant Minister defiantly told newsmen that he would not such a meeting if it is chaired by Minister Haji whom he accused of having vested interests in the Tana Delta.

Meanwhile 20 other Kenyans have died in the past wee in towns located along the volatile Kenya-Somalia border, and also along the Kenya-Ethiopia border.

Most of the killing occurred in areas whose inhabitants are people of Somali origin suspected of being sympathetic to the cause of Al-Shabaab militias in Somalia.

The most affected border towns included Garrissa, Wajir, Mandera, Marsabit and Lagdera all located in the semi-arid North Eastern Province of Kenya. The province is also housing thousands of refugees from Somalia, Uganda ad Ethiopia.

These Kenyans have died either of gun-shot wounds, hand grenade and explosive devices hurled at them by suspected Somali terrorists.

Kenya is rapidly losing its status as the haven of peace tranquility. During the same week that ended last Sunday, reports from the Southern part of the country says, there was an outbreak of fighting between the Kenya Maasais and the Tanzanian Sonjo tribesmen

The usually calm an quiet Kenya-Tanzania border burst into fighting and bloodbath when Tanzanians crossed the border while armed with guns, arrows, spears ad other crude weapons and made incursion into Narok South district along he border of the two countries.

Naro South District Commissioner Chimwaga Mongo confirmed the incident. He said Sonjo peasants from Tanzania crossed into Kenta and burned down houses in a small trading center seriously injuring scores of people in the villages.

The D.C said Sonjo peasants from neighboring Tanzania invaded Olorte area, in Loita Division, Narok South district. The invaders burnt down a Manyatta leaving close to 500 people homeless The Manyatta cuts across Kenya-Tanzania border’

The armed tribesmen invaded the area fired several shots in the air to scare way the residents. The left two people with serious gun-and arrow wounds

The D.C said after the attack the invaders invaded the farms and harvest maize I the field. However they invader were confronted by the armed Administration Police stationed t the nearby chief’s camp who repulsed them.

The motive of the dawn attack is not y known, but it could be linked to perennial rivalry between the Sonjos ad the Maasais over the grazing field. To Keya government officials are reported to be in the process of dispatching delegation to Dar E Salaam for a dialogue with Tanzanian authorities. At the local level the community leaders from both sides would soon meet next week to try and iron out the differences.


Freelance reporter becomes eighth journalist to be killed in Somalia this year

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A Somali journalist who had recently decided to return to his home country was shot dead in Mogadishu earlier this week, becoming the eighth journalist to be killed in the conflict-torn nation this year.

Mohamud Ali Keyre, also known as ‘Buneyste’ was reportedly shot in the head, with witnesses and other journalists suggesting that the bullet was shot by a government soldier.

The 23-year-old freelance journalist worked for news website, and used to work for the Voice of Democracy radio station before fleeing to Kenya after he received death threats.
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Somalia / Radio Journalist escapes ‘assassination bid’

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A Radio journalist for one of the broadcast media houses in Garowe, capital of Puntland Regional State of Somalia escaped assassination Thursday evening when armed men attacked him.

Abdifatah Gedi, editor-in-chief of Radio Daljir and the director of the branch of this station in Galkayo survived tonight from assassination attempt after group of men armed with pistols shot him several times at the entrance of Radio Daljir headquarters in Garowe. Some of the bullets reportedly went through Gedi’s shirt but fortunately he escaped uninjured.
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Journalists attack in Somalia

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NUSOJ Condemns attack on journalist in northern Somalia
Posted On: Jul 13, 2012 (18:22:36)

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) today condemned the beating by security guards of regional governor of a TV journalist who was covering presidential campaign in Port town of Bossasso.

Ahmed Muse Ali, known Ahmed Jokar, who is reporter and representative of private Royal TV network was violently beaten on Thursday, 12 July, by security guards of Abdisamad Mohamed Gallan, governor of Puntland’s Bari region in northeastern Somalia, at International Village Hotel in Bossasso where the presidential campaign of one of the candidates standing for election of Somali President. Ali, who suffered injuries, was reportedly threatened by security guards that they would kill him if they see him at the function
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Kenya: Raila urges S Korea to support Somalia peace efforts

From: Judy Miriga


With all the insecurities happening in Kenya today, these are signs that things are not well in Kenya. People are living on a timed-bomb just about to explode and which is about to destroy the poor and the disadvantaged innocent people. We have many cases that are pending or stage-managed to be dodged or prolonged, that are left hanging without answers, yet there are good evidence with proof enough to disqualify the Coalition Government Leadership and install a strategic Transitional Caretaker Committee which can be trusted to move Kenya to where Kenya people want to go. Kenyans want a Progressive and sustainable Development Agenda fair and shared by all; away from backwardness, careless killings, living under political threats scare tactics and intimidation, poverty, draught, environmental pollution, pain and sufferings. It is for this we cannot fail not to ask a few questions so we together with the world may look at all angles and take urgent action in fairness to save the majority poor who are targeted for extinction, assassination and or those who survive will be taken for slavery practices. We must Ponder the following questions:

1) Will Kenyans join with the world to question the Coalition Government Leadership, the real reason why there is insecurity in Kenya?

2) Who is the architect or the emissary in a mission to destroy Kenya on behalf of the International unscrupulous Corporate Special Business Interest Community who are in the scramble to Africa’s Wealth and Resources; with intention to own public valuables for free without proper legislative policy protection for Bills of Rights meant to provide a balance on fair shared deal to benefit both Stakeholders and beneficiaries where; every body gets opportunity to benefit within the public resource, finances, facilities and utilities?

3) After taking Public Wealth and Resources of Kenya for free and instead plan to wipe out disadvantaged communities who are seen to be occupying targeted land for the illegal thievers, what becomes of the Democratic Constitutional Governance, Human Rights against Crime, Violation and Abuse?

4) We are worried the Coalition Government leadership of Kibaki and Raila have failed Kenyans miserably. They are up to no good with matters pertaining to security, livelihood and survival of Kenyans. For this reason, we cannot continue to gamble with public lives and action must be taken instantly to save a situation. It is clear they have decided, if they cannot get it, then Kenya must go on fire. The community on target are those whose lands had already been sold and it is why the explosives have been imported to be used by terrorist illegal groups allowed to enter the country illegally to wipe the community out by stage-managing Civil War in the country with other uncalled for conflicts.

5) The West scrambling for Africans’ Land, Wealth and Resources at no costs, had proof in the eating of the pudding. The greediness of the African Political leadership was easy to bribe. With a little money, they were all ready to join in the conspiracy to kill and destroy their own to pave ways for Special Interest. This is a serious crime that is unacceptable and must not be taken lightly by all good people of the world. This is the time to take the Bull by the horn. They both have demonstrated that the Coalition Government leadership is using Kenya/Africa as their personal property “cash cow” which is disposed off at will. The Leadership of Coalition Government with its agents must be taken to task through legal justice because, they did not honor or take their oath agreement seriously to protect and preserve public interest and wealth according to public mandate.

6) Because of bad leadership and slackness, agents of the two Principals are seen engaging in networking of shoddy illegal and irregular deals where Prime Minister Raila equally found himself getting involved into dangerous Memorandum of Undertaking which later are seen to backfired. The Unscrupulous International Corporate Business Community of Special Interest are seen having a fields day in scrambling to such like Oil, Titanium, Gold, Diamond, Coal, Lake and Sea Water Basins; and generally, the potential land for Agriculture; without public engagement, mandate or consent.

7) These are some of the reasons why the Explosives entering Kenya are being imported by those criminal terrorists they allow to enter with intention they destroy in a hurry, livelihood and survival for poor disadvantaged Kenyans occupying targeted lands.

8) Will people just sit and watched their owns being butchered under their watch without making noise? We are all worried Kenya is being made a battle ground for the 3rd World War and Raila and Kibaki with cronies will take a plane out of the country while Kenya is left to be burning. We must stop Kibaki and Raila now and throw them into jail before the whole nation is put on fire.

9) Public interest in the National Reform Accord Agenda is therefore presently thrown into the dustbin. Through the MoUs Raila signed business interest without public mandate and without proper trading policy under which Public legislative Bills of Rights are not protected or recognized. For this reason, Raila is not a reformist nor should he claim he has public interest at heart. This is proof that PM Raila’s interests are those of Special Interests.

10) After Mutilating the Constitution, where and how will the Public Mandate be delivered fitting in the current political environment with expected economic stability for progressive Kenyans be in a fair playing field by the people of Kenya???

11) We must ask ourselves, why has Civic Education to empower the public not been done as required and according to the Reform Agenda?

12) In the present case-scenario, will the Mutilation of the Constitution provide fair play to the County Governance of Majimbo / Federalism, land, Finances and Police security Legislative Bill of Rights fitting with the current state-of-affair=85=85..???

13) With all these questions hanging around non-suitability of PM Raila’s integrity to perform and deliver as per the two Principals’ Oath of Allegiance, can Raila be trusted with Leadership to Kenya’s Democratic and Constitutional leadership demanded at the Referendum???

14) With the kinds of fronting for conspiracy to hijack Public Wealth and Resources by force through terrorism act, are Raila and Kibaki with their political affiliates and agents not preparing Kenya to Civil War..???

15) Before we are thrown into Civil War and confusion, will Kenyans not Unite and decide that Kibaki and Raila’s Coalition Government has failed to move Kenyans forward as per their signed Reform Accord Agreement, and that, both are of no Good but must face the law while the New Constitution must be re-done by a Transitional Caretaker Committee for the sake of Peace, Unity and livelihood and survival.???

In the meantime, Raila and Kibaki must face charges in the Court of Law over such Goldenburg and Anglo-Leasing scandal, Grand Regency, Kazi kwa Vijana Youth Project Fund, scandal at the Kenya Port Authority, illegal and irregular sale of Kenya Railway, Maize candal, Triton, Titanium in Kwale, Ramisi Scheme for sugar belt, Offshore oil, Gold in Makalda mine and around the environment, Oil in Turkana, Oromo Dam in Turkana, Lamu Port in Mombasa, Oil in Nyakach, Oil in Migingo, Osienala, Kit Mikai with Oluch Kimira and others that are not all listed here.

These were the causes and reason for Conflicts where election went wrong in 2007/8 and must not be left to be repeated.

A) With the US American Embassy in Nairobi providing security alert over fresh advisory security danger, why did Kenyan leadership take it lightly only to find Iranians crooks were behind it networking with the Al-shabaab and Mungiki….who was wrong here, Kenya Government or the US Ambassador Mr. Scott=85=85???

B) Was Vision 2030 really of the Human Face? Who was in control of the channeling of its funding? If so, why did the Coalition Government Leadership and Party affiliates refuse to act on Public Interest and Mandate but instead damaged and mutilated the Constitution to fit in the desires of Special Interest? Is it hard to identify those emissaries who were coming to Washington DC with those linkages connected to Boston and Massachussets including Ambassador Odembo.

C) Do you now know why Diaspora issues in Prime Minister’s Office is heavy duty and have suddenly become Ambassador Odembo’s special preserve with Headquarter at Boston’s Massachussets with conflicts of special interest for Diaspora’s in the USA..???

D) Do you have reason to put to task and question Jackoyo Midiwos and Uhuru’s networking interest about Boston’s / Massachussets and why PM Railais a faithfull servant to the same???

Good people, who is fooling who? Shall we not wake up and act by submitting to court to act??? Will each and everyone act to save a situation???

Without proper trading policies put on Legislative Bills of Rights, and without public protecting Public Wealth and Resources, National Reform Accord is useless, security at election will not be water tight and election will remain Null and Void.

We cannot afford to be thrown into an abysmal doomed created by the corrupt Coalition Government of the leadership of the two Principals. All their signed faked MoUs of the Vision 2030 is Null and Void, but if we are able to marshall the dissolution of the Coalition Government through legal justice and proceedings at Supreme Court and at the ICC Hague, we are able to save a situation where many lives are about to perish.

All preparations for the next election must be treated as Null and Void until and unless we all put our best foot forward and fight for a Transitional Caretaker Committee to be formed so we are able to put things right before the election can be called, we will have done ourselves no good by wasting time sharing.

By this, I begin to call good Leaders of the world who care for human rights to see Kenya as a serious case trapped in a burning bush-fire and must come to join with Kenyans to save a situation. This cannot be left to continue this way for any more time.

Thank you all for sharing……..

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

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Michela Wrong on Kenya’s corruption scandals

Published on Apr 15, 2012 by SmartMonkeyTV
Author of It’s Our Turn To Eat Michela wrong on: the huge Kenyan US$1 billion Anglo-Leasing curruption scandal; the key figures in the case and those who are still in Kenyan politics today; the Goldenberg corruption scandal and its impact on Kenya’s economy; the system that allows different tribal politicians to loot Government coffers; and more everyday examples of corruption in Kenya.

Goldenberg Case Starts Afresh

Published on Apr 16, 2012 by kenyacitizentv
The hearing of the multi billion shillings Goldenberg scandal started afresh after six years of dragging in courts. There were shocking revelations of how the government instructed the Kenya Commercial Bank to transfer 5.8 billion shillings to 4 different commercial banks. A former funds manager at KCB Stephen Ng’ethe told a Nairobi court how he questioned the crediting of the accounts of the commercial banks from the KCB account instead of the central bank of Kenya. Andrew Ochieng reports.

Kenyan Elders Crown Gaddafi ‘King of Africa’;

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Njenga-Pattni duo

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The former leader of the outlawed Mungiki terror gang Maina Njenga and controversial Goldenberg mastermind Kamlesh Pattni have launched a peace initiative to help steer the youth away from criminal activities. Maina Njenga and Pattni, who were once prison mates, say they have now transformed into peace ambassadors.

AG’s bid to bring back Kenya’s stolen billions

Published on Jul 3, 2012 by NTVKenya
Attorney General Githu Migai now says plans to repatriate billions of shillings stashed In foreign accounts brought back to the country are in top gear. Kenya has sought mutual legal assistance in six countries to start the process of bringing back the billions and as NTV’s Sheila Sendeyo reports, this latest attempt by the government could also lead to the revival of investigations into past scandals such as Anglo-Leasing and Goldenberg.

Food for the starving sold in Nairobi shops

Published on Jul 3, 2012 by NTVKenya
Wajir residents now claim that hundreds of tonnes of relief food meant for the poor and hungry pastoralists is being sold by unscrupulous businessmen. The sacks of food are transported from Wajir and Mandera daily to Nairobi for sale.

Raila urges S Korea to support Somalia peace efforts

Prime Minister Raila Odinga (right) confers with his South Korean counterpart Kim Hwang Sik in Nairobi July 9, 2012. Mr Oding urged South Korea to support the ongoing efforts to restore peace in Somalia and the two Sudan nations. PMPS

Posted Tuesday, July 10 2012 at 09:59

Prime Minister Raila Odinga has urged South Korea to support the ongoing efforts to restore peace in Somalia and the two Sudan nations.

Mr Odinga asked the visiting South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang to help in the establishment of a legitimate state in war ravaged Somalia to contain the insecurity menace posed by terrorist cells and pirates in the Horn of Africa.

“We call upon South Korea to be steadfast in support for the reconstruction in Somalia and demanding stability and peace in the Sudans,” the PM said.

He stressed the need for Kenya and South Korea to strengthen their ties on security issues to detect and deter any threats posed by terrorist groups and piracy.

Mr Odinga, who hosted a dinner party for Mr Hwang, said cooperation between the two nations was of mutual benefit to both parties and said Kenyans had a lot to share and learn from the “economic miracle” that transformed Korea into an industrialised nation.

“Korea is well known for transforming the lives of its people through very revolutionary rural sector agrarian policies that put the country on the path to self sufficiency in food and other areas,” he said.

The PM said Kenya will increase exports of agricultural products to S Korea as it continues to buy manufactured products from the latter.

“We will be able to buy more of your Hyundais and KIAs and Samsung while you buy our tea , beef and coffee” he said.

Mr Odinga, who was accompanied by his wife Ida Odinga, said the country was looking forward to S Korea investments in flagship projects under the Vision 2030 programme.

“We want the Koreans investment in flagship projects under the Vision 2030 like the LAPSSET, development of three berths and associated infrastructure for the Lamu Port at Manda Bay,” Mr Odinga said.

Shocking details of RAILA and Goldenberg thief KULEI
The Kenyan DAILY POST Politics 04:20

Tuesday July 10, 2012 – In what may appear to be another revelation of Goldenberg scandal architects, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s coalition adviser Miguna Miguna has narrated how the Premier sent his spokesman Carol Omondi to Goldenberg chief architect Joshua Kulei demanding Sh 54 million in cash to cover up his Goldenberg cases if he became the president in year 2007.

In some excerpts from his book Peeling Back the Mask: A Quest for Justice in Kenya, Miguna narrates on how he met Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s spokesman Caroli Omondi carrying Sh 54 million in a petrol station.

Here is the story -.

One Saturday, I met Caroli at Oil Libya Petrol Station in Westlands near The Mall Shopping Complex ferrying piles of cash in his vehicle, stashed in plastic bags. He told me that it was just Sh54 million he had collected from former Goldenberg architect Joshua Kulei. Apparently Raila had sought help from Kulei in order to pay ODM presidential agents, a job which he had then tasked Caroli with.

I shook my head and walked away.

Raila probably knew that someone like veteran journalist and former UN functionary Salim Lone (who served as his spokesman during the 2007 campaigns and for one year after he became prime minister), former political prisoner Prof Edward Oyugi, Sarah Elderkin or myself couldn’t and wouldn’t carry Sh 54million in plastic bags, leave alone collect it from Kulei andaround town with it in broad day light.

This is a deeply entrenched working political culture of Kenya. Raila, like Moi before him, was just perpetuating it. I have never been a follower. Iconoclast? May be on reflection, I should have left Raila’s campaign that afternoon. Had I done that, I would have saved myself some of the moral dilemmas and angst I later faced working for Raila as a Prime Minister.

But hindsight is of course a wonderful thing and if wishes are horses beggars would be riding them.Well, as I should have known and appreciated, once you start sliding down that moral and legal slippery rope, you can’t apply any brakes until you reach the bottom.

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Report: Iranian agents in Kenya planned attacks on US, Israeli targets
By staff

Two Iranian agents arrested in Kenya were planning attacks on American, Israeli, British or Saudi Arabian targets in the African country, the Associated Press reported on Monday, citing unnamed Kenyan officials.

According to the AP report, Kenyan security forces arrested the Iranians last month. The agents led security officials to 33 pounds of RDX, a powerful explosive, in the coastal city of Mombasa near where several Israeli-owned hotels are located.

The officials told the AP that the plot appeared to fit into a pattern by Iranian agents to target foreign interests.

The Iranians are members of the secretive and elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force, one official told the AP.

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US embassy issues fresh Kenya advisory Posted by BERNARD MOMANYI on July 9, 2012
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 9 =96

The US Embassy in Nairobi has now issued yet another travel advisory to its citizens, warning them to be cautious when in Kenya due to heightened terror threats.

This time round, the advisory is not specific of any particular town in the country, instead warning Americans considering traveling to Kenya to beware of the risks involved.

The alert sent to Americans directly urges themto evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing and recently heightened threats from terrorists and the high rate of violent crime in some areas.

“The U.S. government continues to receive information about potential terrorist threats aimed at U.S., Western, and Kenyan interests in Kenya. Terrorist acts can include suicide operations, bombings, kidnappings, attacks on civil aviation, and attacks on maritime vessels in or near Kenyan ports,” the alert sent to citizens enrolled in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) states.

As a result, it said, the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi has limited official U.S. government travel to Kenya until the security situation improves and will continue to monitor the security situation and provide updates.

“Although these restrictions do not apply to travelers not associated with the U.S. government, U.S. citizens already in Kenya should take these restrictions into account when planning travel,” it said, adding “The Embassy regularly reviews the security of these areas for possible modification.”

The alert comes barely a week after outgoing US Ambassador to Kenya Scott Gration lifted an earlier one imposed on Mombasa and which was largely criticized by the Kenyan government.

In this latest advisory, the US embassy makes reference to a number of recent terror attacks including the twin church blasts in the Northern Kenyan town of Garissa where 17 people were killed a week ago.

“Although the pursuit of those responsible for previous terrorist activities continues, many of those involved remain at large and still operate in the region,” it said and warned travelers “to consult the Worldwide Caution for further information and details.”

The US embassy here seeks to remind its citizens of at least 17 attacks involving grenades or explosive devices which have occurred in Kenya in the past year, in which at least 48 people died. Some 200 others or more were wounded.

Nine of these attacks occurred in North Eastern Province, including locations in Dadaab, Wajir, and Garissa while four occurred in Nairobi, and four in Mombasa.

Targets included police stations and police vehicles, nightclubs and bars, churches, a religious gathering, a downtown building of small shops, and a bus station, the alert states.

“U.S. citizens should use common-sense precautions, such as avoiding crowded bus stops or stations, visiting only legitimate businesses and tourist areas during daylight hours, using well-marked taxis, locking vehicle and lodging doors, carrying small amounts of cash and credit cards, wearing small amounts of jewelry, knowing emergency phone numbers, and being aware of your surroundings. These measures can help ensure your travel to Kenya is safe and enjoyable,” it said.

Kenya cancels oil deal with Iran after warnings
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Updated 09:07 a.m., Wednesday, July 4, 2012

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Kenya on Wednesday cancelled a deal to import Iranian oil hours after the U.S. warned the country that it risked being penalized if it sees through the deal which would breach U.S. and European union sanctions, a government official said.

The sanctions are meant to deprive funding for the Iranian government and what is believed to be an effort by Iran to build nuclear weapons.

Kenya's Energy Permanent Secretary Patrick Nyoike said Kenya had not signed an agreement but had a memorandum of understanding with Iran to import its oil and was complying with international sanctions on Iran.

“There is an embargo on Iranian oil and on that note it has been decided that the M.O.U. will be terminated,” Nyoike said.

Kenya cancels oil deal with Iran after warnings
JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press, TOM ODULA, Associated Press
Updated 09:07 a.m., Wednesday, July 4, 2012

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Kenya on Wednesday cancelled a deal to import Iranian oil hours after the U.S. warned the country that it risked being penalized if it sees through the deal which would breach U.S. and European union sanctions, a government official said.

The sanctions are meant to deprive funding for the Iranian government and what is believed to be an effort by Iran to build nuclear weapons.

Kenya's Energy Permanent Secretary Patrick Nyoike said Kenya had not signed an agreement but had a memorandum of understanding with Iran to import its oil and was complying with international sanctions on Iran.

“There is an embargo on Iranian oil and on that note it has been decided that the M.O.U. will be terminated,” Nyoike said.