ODM YOUTH STATEMENT ON PARIS TERROR ATTACKS
Saturday November 14, 2015
Last night, armed gunmen rained terror on French capital Paris, killing more than 120 people and injuring scores of others by shooting indiscriminately against unarmed innocent civilians.
The latest attacks in Paris are not only attacks on French people but also an attack on humanity. ODM YOUTH condemn these attacks in the strongest terms possible.
The attacks remind us of the April 2, 2015 Garissa University attacks where over 147 students were brutally massacred and hundreds injured.
The two attacks, and many others like Mpeketoni, are related in that the actors are religious fundamentalists who carry their criminal acts in the name of religion.
We stand with the French people and the world in the efforts to crash terrorists and free humanity.
President Kenyatta and his team must learn a lesson or two from the reaction of the French government to the attacks on how to rally the Nation together against terrorism activities.
We note that while president Francois Hollonde has visited the scenes of attacks, president Kenyatta has never visited Garissa University since it was attacked. We also note that after the attacks in Paris, president Hollonde called it as it is, terrorism attacks.
This is contrary to what president Kenyatta told Kenyans when similar attacks took place in Mpeketoni. The president came on TV giving divisive and alarmist statements putting the blame on opposition on what he called “local political networks”.
The president later chewed back his own words as he realized he was dead wrong.
As we mourn with the French, let’s ensure our security system is well prepared to deal with such occurrences. However, one cardinal lesson that the jubilee government must learn is that terror attacks are carried out by terrorists not by opposition.
ODM YOUTH CAUCUS