SLEEPING ON THE JOB, RISKING OUR SECURITY.
A day-long meeting at Harambee House came against the backdrop of reports authorities had prior warning of a possible terror attack that was not acted on and which has triggered a blame-game. However, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku declined to discuss purported leaked intelligence briefings suggesting security organs slept on the job, saying intelligence matters were confidential. Lenku said that nine suspects were in custody, held under counter-terrorism laws, but their identities or nationalities would not be revealed.
It’s established that officials had prior information to the terror attack plans at the Westgate mall in Nairobi but no action was taken to discontinue it. Does it mean the concerned authority preferred to alleviate the situation instead of fighting to prevent it from transpiring? This is shameful to the country. The officials who should be on the go for the safety of the country aren’t responsible enough to ensure the land is safe and sound for its citizens.
Please. No, actually we need information on what really transpired behind the scenes. It comes out that some of the suspects escaped through tunnels. They held people hostage in the mall for days and yet they manage to escape? Outrageous.
Abdulrazak Sheikh Ahmed, a Briton was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with maps of the West gate mall. The National Intelligence Service NIS, took away his computer and other stuff and it comes out clearly that the authorities are good at combating crime that otherwise should have been averted.
What’s really happening? Who let all this happen? Why is the country in the dark on what really happened?
Joash Onyango, Maseno University.