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The East African : Apr 6th 2015
The EastAfrican NEWS APRIL 4-10,2015 WAR ON TERROR earn Al Qaeda, ISIS recognition, say experts government and those countries involved in the Amisom in order to raise their profile, which has been overshadowed recently by the Islamic State exploits in Syria and Iraq. A fortnight ago, the group laid siege for 10 hours to a high-end Mogadishu hotel frequented by diplomats and foreigners, killing 10 people, including the Somali ambassador to Switzerland. In an interview with the Voice of America, Yan St Pierre said that the Yemeni war will open the floodgates for weapons access in Somalia and the spillover effect will affect the relationship of groups such as Al Shabaab and their effectiveness in Somalia and Kenya and neighbouring states. Philip Mutua, a former intel- ligence officer, said the terror attacks being undertaken by Al Shabab shows a change of tack, with a clear intention of having an international appeal. “From the wars in Syria and can governments as Somali refugees trickle back home. Saudi Arabia and a host of oth- er Middle East countries have already started airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, creating a humanitarian crisis that has seen several hundred Somali refugees return home. Last week’s release of 300 Al Qaeda-linked inmates from a prison by militants of the terror group will also complicate matters as the Somali border is deemed accessible by sea. Al Shabaab, an Al Qaeda- linked group, launched the Garissa attack as a show of might and a cry for recognition among global terrorists groups. Andrew Franklin, a former US Marine and a security analyst in Nairobi, said that Kenya needs to brace itself for an increase in insurgent activities along its already besieged border with Somalia because of the spillover effects of the war in Yemen. “An increasing number of con- ventional weapons and trained jihadist fighters will now be able to transit through Yemen and cross into Somaliland, into northern Somalia,” Mr Franklin said. “These are the fighters Al Shabaab is craving and they will bring with them experience, knowledge and a morale boost for the militants.” Al Shabaab is said to be di- vided into sections, with some pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group while another is keen on maintaining their Al Qaeda links. Al Shabaab is now likely to step up attacks against the Kenyan government, the Somali ale≥t afte≥ killings they are largely civil in focus and are illequipped to respond to an attack of the magnitude of Garissa. In order that the terrorists do not go round the security net and attack soft targets, the police chief pointed out that he had instructed traffic officers to ensure they break up long holdups by directing cars through alternate routes. “You see, these traffic jams can also offer a good target for anyone who wants to cause chaos here and they tend to last a long time sometimes,” he said. “So, the police must ensure they scan other routes that motorists can use. “We urge the public to understand and co-operate. We may also stage roadblocks, so please understand and bear with us. “We are not being alarmist. We need the public to take this notice seriously.” Mr Kayihura commiserated with his Kenyan counterparts and noted that the neighbouring country had borne the brunt of terrorism by dint of being on the frontline and so deserved all the support its partners can render. “We need more than ever to strength- en regional co-operation in gathering intelligence and sharing information, experience and knowledge that will help to co-ordinate effective response.” On March 25, the United States em- bassy in Uganda issued an alert warning its citizens of imminent terrorist attacks on locations where foreigners, including US citizens, congregate in Kampala. Whereas security agencies appeared to heighten visibility at strategic spots in the city, Assistant Prosecutor Joan Kagezi was killed in a drive-by shooting on the outskirts of the city five days after the Americans put out their notice. Kenya Defence Forces soldiers at the Garissa University campus after it was attacked by the Somaliabased AlQaeda-linked Al Shabaab militants on April 2. Picture: AFP Iraq to Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Islamic State-linked groups have been making headlines,” Mr Mutua said. “Al Shabaab doesn’t want to be written off and these daring attacks, both in Kenya and Somalia, are a show of might, an appeal for rec- FACE OF TERROR re-think our strategy.” In a research note, Texas- based Strategic Forecasting said the Garissa attack shows that the group still possesses the capability to conduct raids against soft targets inside Kenya. “Al Shabaab’s loss of territory, MASSACRE MASTERMIND Mohamed Kuno has a bounty of Ksh20 million on his head after he was named as the leader of the Al Shabaab cell that is carrying out attacks in Kenya. ognition.” According to Mr Mutua, the fall of Yemen’s government and the existence of a weak Somali government will offer a perfect opportunity for Al Qaeda to revamp itself through Al Shabaab because it has already been overshadowed in Syria, Pakistan and Iraq. “We are entering a danger- ous phase, where these militants are competing for appeal,” he said. “People had written off Al Shabaab and, going by what they did in Garissa, we should along with the killing of some its key leaders, has forced it to switch from conventional warfare to guerrilla tactics,” Strategic Forecasting said. Mr Franklin said that Al Shabaab will now be looking at how to explit the lawlessness in Yemen to their advantage. “The Yemen government in Sanaa created order in access to weapons, trade and movement of people,” Mr Franklin said. “With that government out, the scenario of Libya is playing out. “Al Shabab will want to ex- ploit this to their advantage, and this should be a reason for worry for us.” Al Qaeda in the Arabian Pe- ninsula (AQAP), which the US considers the most dangerous branch of the terror group, is the group the Al Shabaab wing that is keen on pleasing its Al Qaeda masters is willing to work with. Additional reporting by Allan Olingo 5 PTA BANK Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank VACANCY The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank commonly known as the PTA Bank, is a specialized African multilateral financial institution serving most of the Eastern and Southern Africa. The Bank’s objective is to provide short, medium and long term financing to viable projects and trade finance activities in member states. The Bank is looking for self-motivated and results oriented individuals to join a team committed to building a world class African financial institution. The Bank offers competitive tax free salaries and benefits commensurate with the standards of excellence that it expects. Interested and qualified candidates are therefore invited from nationals of member states to apply for the following position: PROJECTS AND INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE OFFICER Job Summary: The Projects and Infrastructure Officer is responsible for identification, selection, preparation and evaluation of credit risk of investment projects submitted for funding. The position will be expected to prepare investment proposals for approval by the Management and ensure that investments (debt and equities) are properly structured, negotiated and documented. Job Specifications: • A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Commerce, Finance or Engineering. A Masters’ degree in a related field shall have added advantage; • 5 – 8 years post qualification experience in a reputable financial institution, preferably in a commercial banking environment; • Proven credit appraisal, financial structuring, business negotiation and analytical skills with the capacity to undertake complex assignments without supervision; • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with a high level of integrity; • Proficient in the use of MS Office applications and spreadsheets; and • Language proficiency in both English and French. Applications should include a resume, recent passport size photo, full contact address and the names and addresses of three referees. Candidates must have a good knowledge of the operating environment. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. Interested and qualified candidates should express their interest by submitting their applications directly to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20th April 2015.
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