Uhuru Kenyantta: Westgate Mall Attack Will Not Dumpen Our War on Terror

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

The Saturday terrorist attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi is not a matter for Kenya alone but the international community, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.  He said the evil and cowardly act of terrorism has claimed 59 people and injured 175 others.  The Somali based Alshabab militias have claimed responsibility for the attack. According to Uhuru incidents of terrorism occur in all parts of the World, which requires concerted efforts by all countries.

Uhuru said this on Sunday evening during a press conference he addressed jointly with his rivals Raila Oginga Odinga and Musalia Mudavadi at state house Nairobi. He assured the Kenyan community that security agencies and his government were doing everything possible to bring the Westgate Mall siege to an end.

Uhuru said he was aware that several Kenyans have expressed impatience at the pace of the operation against the attackers who are still several people hostage, but called for calm saying the operation requires a delicate balance to ensure the life of the hostages is not endangered. Adding that, he was satisfied that Kenyan forces have replied to the attack in a professional manner.

He also appealed to the international community not to issue a travel advisory stopping their citizens from traveling to Kenya saying this would mean victory to the terrorists. Uhuru also said the attack will not dampen the resolve of Kenya to fight terrorism. Earlier on Raila Odinga, the former prime minister of Kenya also appealed to the international community to know that Kenyans can’t be divided along religious lines. He said the attack has nothing to do with Muslims or any other community in Kenya.

Raila appealed to the social media not to promote hate messages saying once the damage is done it is difficult to repair.  He also asked the international community against issuing travel advisories saying it will hurt the tourism industry of Kenyan. On his part Musalia Mudavadi, the former prime minister said Kenya went through a similar tragedy many years ago adding that, this was not the time to apportion blame. He also prayed that this is not the time for Kenya to receive hostile advisories.

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