Who is behind attacks in Kenya?
20 November 2012, 14:06
What could be the root cause of insecurity in Kenya: do we have to blame Kenya incursion in Somali as the major cause or there are some hidden evils behind what we see?
I think this is a common question that linkers in people’s mind whenever there is a terror attack.
Let us not duel in what we believe to be true while the reality is being hidden by a wave that blinds everyone's eyes.
Kenya was a peace hub surrounded by fighting neighbors; this situation enabled small arms to enter the country illegally, kept by criminals who had a bigger plan than committing crimes using them.
Why say these?
We have to think, if we base our minds on major issues like terrorism (al-Shabaab), we may be lying to ourselves.
Before Kenya's troops crossed the border into Somalia to fight al-Qaeda linked insurgents, we already had scenes where criminals hulled explosives on law enforcement personnel.
The situation just got out of hand when criminals knew they have an umbrella to hide from scenes of crime, with al-Shabaab being a scape-goat for every attack.
In pastoral regions, owning weapons is not a choice but an obligation to guard themselves from rival communities.
Because the government did not see the seriousness of this issue, and did not provide the much needed security for the people, criminals started using newly acquired superior weapons to harm and steal from each other.
This kind of rivalry has been going on for decades; disarmament processes are ineffective since arms are readily available on black markets within the region.
In addition, recent police killings by cattle rustlers proved how prepared these communities are, and it paints a picture that they do not recognize the government or Kenyan Police as law enforcement forces in the region.
Every wave is caused by multiple tides, so do what we are experiencing in Kenya.
Think of Mungiki.
First, we thought they were a group of men and women who terrorize peace in general public places mostly in Central and Nairobi regions.
However, we came to learn that our leaders and powerful business persons had an upper hand in everything the group did.
Let us move to MRC (Mombasa Republican Council); the same dirty tricks created this secessionist group, as it became evident when they blamed Coastal region leaders of abandoning them.
Moreover, in the recent police deaths in Suguta valley, members of Parliament from the Turkana region were deemed to have incited the communities before police massacre.
Basing on past events - killings and organized crimes - I believe that powerful people in this country are funding these attacks, only that they have al-Shabaab as a cover.
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