How Jubilee allowed Mpeketoni attackers to flee opting to instead pursue opposition leaders
By Phil Wesonga
Demanding justice for Mpeketoni victims; was it an inside job that a gang of heavily armed militia can walk tens of kilometers, commit wanton killings, then take days to walk back to their camps in Somalia without the knowledge, or concern of the Kenyan security authorities?
Between 15 June and 17 June 2014, more than 60 people – most of them innocent Christian civilians – were mercilessly killed in clinical military raid attacks in and around Mpeketoni, Lamu County.
The Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militant group immediately claimed responsibility, but the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta promptly dismissed them and instead asserted that the attacks were organized by local politicians with ties to a network of criminal gangs.
Al-Shabaab have recently released a documentary that recorded the clinical attacks and in the process made mince meat of President Uhuru Kenyatta unfortunate assertions. Unless they knew that they would meet no resistance, the attackers heading to what is a suicide mission, had the temerity to bring with them a professional cameraman to record them walking to their targetted villages and committing serious atrocities.
Similar to the Westgate siege in September 2013 during which heavily armed gunmen attacked the upmarket Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi in an attack which lasted days in the middle of the capital city and, resulted in at least 67 deaths, the Mpeketoni attacks exposed a massive failure of intelligence and an embarrassing lapse in national security.
A day after the Mpeketoni attacks, the National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) held a crisis meeting and instead of organizing a pursuit to apprehend the attackers, decided to scheme to use the law of treason for partisan political objectives, unrelated and extraneous to the principles and jurisprudence of Kenyaâ€™s criminal justice system. The intention of the NSAC was to manufacture evidence that would link opposition leaders to the armed attackers.
As shown on this confidential leaked letter released one week after Mpeketoni attacks, the Jubilee administration planned to arrest and detain the leaders of CORD on charges that have no basis in our Constitution and the law in order to emasculate the opposition and give the regime opportunity to introduce the imperial presidency and despotic rule.
We must rise and demand justice for the innocent killed in Westgate and Mpeketoni. It was never a political nor a tribal attack like Jubilee administration tried to project. It was incompetence and mismanagement of individuals who have compromised national security for unknown reasons. Heads must roll and the buck must stop at someone’s desk.