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Namwamba asks government to release Westgate report

07 April 2015, 17:00 Jane Zack

Budalangi - Budalangi MP, Ababu Namwamba has asked the government to release the Westgate report for Kenyans to know what happened there when more than 67 Kenyans were killed by Al-Shabaab terrorists.

Ababu at the same time faulted the increased inadequate intelligence gathering by security agencies and asked the government to invest more in intelligence, adding that Ethiopia which has more Somalis as compared to Kenya has been able to contain terrorism activities through effective intelligence.

"The population of Somalis in Ethiopia, which was the first nation to send its soldiers to Somali, is 10million and the countries border each other, but Al-Shaabab attacks have never been reported in that nation. Ethiopia has invested heavily in intelligence gathering, and it's a challenge to Kenya to emulate. Matters of security should be done in secret contrary to our leaders' behavior of chest-thumping," the legislature noted.

He added, "We talk so much and yet are not doing anything substantive. The government should take necessary measures on time. Killing terrorists is not enough. The two systems of government should be fully involved in matters security and intelligence gathering enhanced at the County levels."

Speaking to journalists at Magoye village of his Budalangi Constituency on Monday, he reiterated that corruption has made it easy for terrorists to infiltrate security agencies in the country as they could easily buy their way into the system.

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"It is very unfortunate that a foreigner can get documents like Kenyan IDs and passports easier than Kenyans themselves, because of untamed corruption in key departments of immigration and registration of persons," Ababu observed.

His sentiments come after two survivors of the Garissa University attack who escaped death by a whisker arrived home in Teso North on Easter Monday.

Peninah Amweno was escorted to their Aedomoru village home in Teso North sub-County by Salvation Army Church while Nelphas Maruti had an emotional re-union with his father, Dedan Maede, at Aboloi village also in Ang'urai South Ward.

Meanwhile, relatives and friends are flocking Mundere village of Budalangi Constituency to mourn the death of one of their own who was among the 148 slain students.

According to the deceased's father, Okello Mulindiro, the late Peter Magio Mulidiro, 22, was a first-year student at the university and the cruel hands of death had robbed them of a very important person.

They called upon the government to assist them with burial arrangements.

Busia County has lost four students in the Garrisa terrorists attack namely Ruth Esiromo from Teso North, Peter Magio Mulindiro from Bunyala, Milton Namea Mukhwana from Bulanda in Matayos sub-County and Obedi Okumu Okodoi from Teso South.

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