I will tank Al Shabaab, Uhuru insists
14 April 2015, 19:06
Nairobi - I will defeat Al Shabaab, president Uhuru Kenyatta has promised Kenyans.
The president says that the success will only be achieved through joint efforts by the government and the public in fighting terror and urged vigilance as well as information sharing from the public.
" If we are to end terrorism, we must agree to come together as a nation that has preached and practiced religious tolerance to defeat those who preach intolerance" he said.
Speaking during the 21st PCEA General Assembly in Nairobi on Tuesday, The president said his government will not relent in the war against both terrorism and corruption.
He added he will work with the church and all Kenyans to root our the vices for Kenya to rise to become a middle income nation.
" If we overcome, the future of this nation is not only guaranteed but secured," he said.
The president has been under pressure to arrest the non-ending problem with terrorism especially in the wake of the Garissa terrorist attacks that saw 148 people killed last week.
In a letter to families, Uhuru pledged to honour the victims of the attacks by completely nullifying the Shabaab threat.
The letter was signed personally by the president and will be sent to each of the 148 families affected by the Garissa University College attack.
In the letter, the president extends his condolences to the families and states his displeasure at the manner in which their loved ones met their fate.
He also adds that the government will provide as much help as it can to the families at their request.
Further, he states that the government in a move of retribution will punish hard all those persons who undertook the planning of the attack.
However, observers queried the letter which comes a week after the attacks, saying it is a mere public relations stunt and does not breed of concern.
Others state that the president does not even once on the letter apologize for not protecting the persons caught up in the attack.
" The president has yet to visit the mortuaries, he has not stepped in Garissa and he wants us to believe he is remorseful?," Annabel Njihia, a Nairobi Human Rights Activist told News24.
" Actions speak louder than words. A mere letter is nothing close to a consolation for the heartbroken families," she adds.
The government is set to disburse KES 100,000 to each of the 148 families, in a move meant to lighten the load felt by the families of the dead in the interim.
It has also provided coffins for the burials.
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