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Raila offers to take President Uhuru to Garissa and Mpeketoni

21 June 2015, 06:44 Arap Yego

Nairobi - Cord leader, Raila Odinga has sharply criticized President Uhuru Kenyatta for failing to visit victims of Al-Shabaab terrorist attacks at the Coast and Northern part of the Country.

In a hard-hitting press statement sent to newsrooms Saturday, Raila who decried the increase of attacks by Al Shabaab terrorists in country, said the president should visit the regions to condole with the injured Kenyans and reassure them of their security.

“He needs to go there and reassure the Kenyan people. Terrorism is above party politics. If he is fearful, I can accompany him. I travelled there a week ago and can attest to the patriotism and commitment of the Kenyans there under difficult circumstances,” said Raila.

The ODM leader said the Jubilee Government has failed in its constitutional mandate of protecting the lives of Kenyans in the face of increased attacks by Al Shabaab terrorists.

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Raila, who cited the recent attack by Al Shabaab on a military camp in Lamu where two Kenyan soldiers were killed, accused President Kenyatta of doing little to ensure the country is secure.  

“Since 2010, terror attacks in Kenya have gathered momentum leading to the death and maiming of hundreds of citizens and security officers. The biggest spike was in 2012 with 90 dying in 75 attacks. In 2013, 43 attacks killed 157 and last year 62 attacks killed 290. The numbers continue to mount this year,” said Raila.

“Under Jubilee, Kenya's enemies have grown in strength and effectiveness. As their ferocity has increased, the Jubilee administration has responded with hubris and incompetence,” added Raila.

He pointed out that in June last year, Al Shabaab attacked Lamu’s Mpeketoni township murdering almost 50 Kenyans, but President Kenyatta immediately pronounced the attack as the work of the opposition.

“This has served to create the bizarre situation where the population believes Al Shabaab’s statements over those of their own head of state where security is concerned. Worse still, his officials had ignored actionable intelligence preceding the attack that had been shared with them by our own agencies and foreign friends as well,” said the former Prime minister.

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