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Daily Nation : January 26th 2014
6 | National News WESTGATE REPORT TAKE THE BLAME | House team non-committal on who should take responsibility for the attack President had said he would form commission of inquiry to probe security lapses that led to terror attack All eyes on Uhuru after MPs wrap up probe W BY ANDREW TEYIE @muholo firstname.lastname@example.org ill President Uhuru Kenyatta now appoint a commission of inquiry into the Westgate terrorist attack after a joint committee of Parliament found no one responsible for security lapses that led to the attack? This is one of the big questions with the revelation that the joint House committee which tabled its report before Parliament in December was non-committal on who should take responsibility for the attack and only blaming government institutions for the brazen attack. According to the report, staff in the Immigration Department, Registration of Persons department and the Police Service should be blamed for the attack that killed 67 and maimed over 180 people. While declaring the end of the three-day siege in September last year, President Kenyatta announced that he would appoint a commission of inquiry to investigate security lapses that resulted in the September 21 attack. In October, Attorney-General Githu Muigai was quoted on France 24 channel as saying the President is waiting for Parliamen- ESCAPE What US agencies said after attack The FBI said two weeks ago that all the four Westgate attackers could have perished inside the mall, contradicting a December report by the New York Police Department. The NYPD grabbed world headlines last month when it claimed that they might have escaped. But in an interview published on the FBI’s website, FBI’s legal attaché in Nairobi, Mr Dennis Brady, said none of the four terrorists escaped from the mall. tary investigations among other processes to run the course before the commission is established. “It (commission of inquiry) will happen because we are committed to that. We weighed doing this immediately against waiting for all the forensic reports and all the other technical reports; we thought that we should allow this to go forward first. There was a parliamentary inquiry, we thought it should wind up first, FILE | NATION President Uhuru Kenyatta with Deputy President William Ruto and Defence Secretary Raychelle Omamo address the nation from State House, after the end of the Westgate Mall siege in September last year. and there were criminal inquiries by the Kenya criminal investigations department and other friendly investigating agencies assisting us. We thought all this should go first and they should form part of the material we use in the commission of inquiry,” said Prof Muigai. The Parliamentary commitee report contains the much-awaited forensic audit report which is yet to be made public. The forensic SUNDAY NATION January 26, 2014 audit was done by a multi-agency security team which also involved American FBI. According to the forensic audit report, four terrorists were involved in the report. The terrorists were Mohamed Abdi Noor (Somali national), Mohammed Hassan Dhulhulow a.k.a Abu Baraa Al Sudani (Norwegian), Yahye Osman Ahmed a.k.a Arab (Somali national) and Ahmed Hassan Abukar (Somali national). “All the four (4) terrorists were killed during confrontation with the security forces. Their body parts, weapons and personal effects were recovered from the scene of attack,” says the forensic audit which was an appendage of the report. The audit says that the body parts found at the ruined building and guns recovered at the venue belonged to the terrorists. The ammunition recovered was for AK-47 rifles. Also recovered from the scene were two G3 rifles, one Scar rifle and four live grenades. “Body parts including one in a military boot were recovered from the scene on October 1, 2013. Two bodies believed to be of military personnel, one M4 rifle and a military knife were also recovered from the scene on October 2, 2013,” says the report. 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Please note that failure to collect certificates in time will attract an annual storage fee of Ksh. 1, 200/= (One thousand two hundred shillings) The University management congratulates all the 2013 graduates and wishes you the best in your endeavours. For more information contact the Registrar, Academic Affairs. MAIN CAMPUS, P.O. Box 342-01000 THIKA, Tel. 020-2088310, 020-2338146/8 Cell: 0720-790796, 0789126571 Fax: 0202050315. Email: email@example.com Website www.mku.ac.ke Mount Kenya Universi ty - Scal ing the Heights of Educat ion ISO 900I:2008 CERTIFIED INSTITUTION BY SUNDAY NATION REPORTER MPs investigating the Westgate shopping mall terrorist attack claim security agencies have surrendered Mandera town to terrorists. In a chilling finding on the extent of the terror threat from the Somali-based al-Shabaab, the joint parliamentary committees note that security forces usually don’t have control of the town, especially at night. They called on the government to take tough measures to loosen the terrorists’ grip. The committee proposes that the government demolishes all illegal structures erected at the no-man’s land at the Kenya-Somalia border, which are believed to harbour terrorists. “The government should demolish all illegal structures constructed in the ‘no-man’s land’ and clearly demarcate the border between Kenya and Somalia. A major trench should be dug to deter immigrants from crossing the border. People should only be allowed to cross at designated areas. Screening of people crossing the border should be tightened,” say the MPs. During their investigations, the joint committee co-chaired by Mr Asman Kamama and Mr Ndung’u Gethenji visited House committee member Barre Shill. Demolish illegal struc- tures at the no-man’s land at Kenya-Somalia border Government should post more police to boost patrols in Mandera County Admission of children into basic primary education be thoroughly scrutinised. Mandera in Northern Kenya and Kilifi at the Coast. In the report, the members observed that there was no presence of security in Mandera and the few police officers were negligent. “The government should post more security personnel to boost patrols along the border in Mandera County. There is literally no police presence or patrol in the town at night. The town is patrolled by a handful of home-guards who are not properly equipped to RECOMMENDATIONS deal with militia insurgence,” states the report tabled before Parliament last month. Further, the report recom- mended employment of more home-guards in Mandera to augment efforts of officers patrolling the Kenya-Somalia border. “The Administration Po- lice posts such as Damasa, Libihiya, Hareri, Kalaliyo, Hareri Hosle, Kamor and Border Point 1 should be reopened immediately in order to safeguard lives and property of the people residing there. The military camp should be strengthened. More armoured vehicles should be provided to the military. The military should be deployed to patrol along the border between Kenya and Somalia,” say the legislators. They raised concern that non-Kenyan children were being admitted to Kenyan schools and in the process end up being citizens of Kenya. “Admission into basic primary education should be thoroughly scrutinised. It is alleged that children of non-Kenyans are admitted to local schools and end up as citizens who, after school, get absorbed into the military, police and public service.” “Mushrooming private schools are also admitting students from Somalia,” says the report.
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