Its official: Terrorists winning the battle, can Kenya win the war?
12 April 2015, 18:02
Nairobi - The student stampede at the University of Nairobi Sunday that saw one student killed and hundreds injured in a false terror alarm shows just how much terrorism has ingrained itself in Kenyans' psyche.
The incident was sad indeed and with more lives lost inexplicably to terrorists, the reality is that Kenyans are now shot to pieces by terrorism and its effects.
Life has indeed changed for the normal Kenyan.
Visiting malls has become an issue, sitting in crowded open areas tough, any loud bang, be it a piece of metal falling causes panic, now our schools feel unsafe.
What next is that the government has to do something soon and fast. Decisions have to be made. Something must change otherwise, Kenyans will slowly be killed by their misgivings on the country's ability to deal with terrorism.
" At the moment, Shabaab and terrorists are winning the battle. They have managed to instill mass fear. They have dented our confidence as Kenyans," Eric Njoka a security analyst told News24.
" The government has to change this and fast".
" People live with hope. Hope is instilled by ensuring we see changes. Changes in the way we operate. Changes in the way we deal with security".
" Where is the statement of intent. Where is the movement to show the government is in charge? Kenyans have lost belief, they need it back," Njoka adds.
The government has indeed been speaking for too long, but where is the action?
And what about the whole war on terror versus Shabaab in Somalia?
" The war is far from over. The upper hand belongs to Kenya but there must be intent from the government and there must also be quick movement".
" Kenyans are tired of seeing innocent people killed. Now they want action. It has to change. There must be changes. We have to up the ante".
" Shabaab will not finish Kenya but they can dent us by destroying our lively-hoods and economy with their actions. The battle at the moment is being lost, but the war is far from over", he continues.
With the death of 148 people in Garissa and the show of panic at the University, Shabaab may as well have ruined Kenya, but that can and should change.
The war is far from over.
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