Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has admitted that the Westgate operation was bungled. The President made the admission on Sunday afternoon when he visited the police Recce Squad members at their Ruiru base and treated them to lunch.
“The President told us that he knows something went wrong at Westgate but we should not be discouraged from performing our duties,” said a senior Recce squad officer.
Uhuru vowed to constitute a thorough investigation but did not explain or single out who in his view messed up the operation.
The Kenyan cabinet is expected to approve the setting up of a Westgate commission of inquiry. More than 60 people were confirmed dead in the attack.
The commission will have three members, two assisting counsel and two secretaries. “It will have 20 terms of reference,” said a source. Police now believe there were only four attackers at Westgate.
Uhuru reportedly decided to visit the Recce Squad and treat them for lunch because its members were feeling unhappy after the KDF took over the Westgate siege in the afternoon Saturday, September 21, four hours after the operation began.
The Recce Squad is an elite police unit trained to guard VIPs, including the President and Deputy President, and also to handle hostage cases. They were called to Westgate an hour after the attack started and, together with armed civilian reservists, managed to contain the terrorists inside Nakumatt supermarket