Why Duale should be arrested over Garissa attack
07 April 2015, 13:00
Nairobi - Garissa township MP Aden Duale has been dishonest with Kenyans over the operation of the Al Shabaab terror group in Kenya, experts say.
The MP who is also leader of Majority in the National Assembly says that he will name and shame those persons behind the group in Kenya and their operatives.
This comes just a few days after the latest attack on a Kenyan town saw 148 students killed in a horrific attack on the Garissa University College.
The talk afterwards has been about the government's ability or so far inability to deal with terrorism in the country.
Where are the preventive measures and if not, how well has the government reacted to the problems at hand?
As far as preventive measures are concerned, where is the intelligence and why was the attack not flagged much earlier.
And Duale plays a part. Why does he have information about attackers and not take them to the police? Why?
" In my view, it is just a political statement, political analyst Michael Njenga says.
" The question remains, if he knew about the persons who are helping Shabaab, why did he not announce it earlier and why haven't the police arrested them?
" He spoke about negotiating with Shabaab. Why do we negotiate and not arrest them?
" It sounds like a political statement to me. He is trying to deflect the mess created by the attack and create a proactive platform in the face of what was a massive public relations disaster for the Jubilee government," Njenga adds.
Duale stated that he would not stand back and watch his people die in such a manner but also claimed that he felt the country needed to seek a solution outside of war to deal with Shabaab, something security expert Joshua Nagara says is out of the question now.
" It is out of the question now. There cannot be negotiation at this moment. It is accepting defeat and encouraging the terrorists to strike even more," he says.
" I find it amusing that Duale knew the said persons just a few days after the attack and this is a few weeks after he spoke of negotiation.
" I think that if anyone else said he has information about the Shabaab sympathizers, he or she would be be taken in for questioning for withholding important information," he adds.
Kenyans on social media and those that spoke to News24 on the streets of Nairobi expressed their displeasure at Duale's remarks.
" It is mocking the families of the dead that he knew the attackers and people behind Shabaab in Kenya and did nothing about it," Kevin Wafula a Nairobi based banker said.
" He should name them or be arrested for keeping such information to himself," Janet Kamau, a businesswoman said.
All eyes will be on Duale as his major announcement on the persons facilitating Shabaab in Kenya is revealed.
If he indeed will.
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