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Nakumatt to observe Westgate terror attack memorial

19 September 2014, 12:29 Joseph Njung’eh

Nairobi - Nakumatt Holdings will observe the Westgate Shopping Mall terror attack memorial in all its branches.

“One year after the tragic terror attack, Nakumatt which hitherto operated its flagship store at the Westgate Mall will this Sunday conduct interdenominational religious prayers across its network,” said the company in a Press Release.

Speaking when he confirmed the memorial plans, Nakumatt Holdings Managing Director, Atul Shah disclosed that the supermarket chain will remain closed early morning for the prayers scheduled to commence at 9.00am on Sunday.

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The prayers will be led by respective Nakumatt branch chaplains and catechists and will be open to members of the public. All branches are expected to reopen from 10am after the memorial prayers.

Normal operations at the Supermarket will be disrupted Sunday at noon to observe a minute of silence in memory of the departed souls and victims of the terror attack.

The observance of the branch-wide minute of silence in Kenya will be followed by the recital of the National Anthem which is also a powerful prayer to God.

“The events on that fateful Saturday midmorning are still very painful and the entire Nakumatt fraternity shall be taking time off on Sunday to say our memorial prayers to seek God’s comfort, global peace, love and harmony,” Shah explained.

One year ago, Nakumatt Holdings lost three of its dedicated staff members - the late Veronicah Wairimu, Kennedy Mogaka and John Musango Mutinda - who were killed alongside over 60 other civilians at the mall.

The retailer also lost its flagship Nakumatt Westgate branch to a mysterious fire just days after the terror attack.

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