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Failed intelligence key to continued Garissa attacks

26 May 2015, 14:30 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Continued failed intelligence is key to continued attacks in northern Kenya, security experts have stated.

So why is there a curfew in Garissa?

Security expert Wilson Kiplang'at feels that there are too many things that make no sense in the fight against Al Shabaab in northern Kenya.

Top of his thinking is, how easy is it for the Shabaab to make their way in Garissa?

" The Yumbis issue has been there a couple of weeks. Why is it happening all the time? Where are the security agencies to stop the Shabaab spree?" he poses.

" It is odd because the first rule of security is to ensure that something does not happen a second time.

" Why has it happened again? Why does the security apparatus not react to the problems that are evident. Why can't the intelligence mark these problems early?, he poses.

His counterpart, Johnson Mbugi, a security consultant also asks the same question. Why aren't police on top of these cases?

" We have to ask the question about intelligence. Where are our intelligence agencies?," he asks.

" There have been several attacks in the Yumbis area in recent weeks. You just wonder why the intelligence cannot come up with information. How can police officers in such large numbers end up in an ambush?

" There is a serious issue at the NSIS that needs to be taken care of," he adds.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said Monday that the intelligence agencies are upto task and have stopped many attacks from taking place.

" Our intelligence is not perfect. None ever is, but it does a good job," he stated.

Considering the number of Kenyans killed in attacks by terrorists in Kenya, his assertion can be easily disputed, as is the case currently.

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