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Kenya- Somalia border to go under satelite surveilance

21 November 2013, 16:48

Nairobi - The country is implementing a surveillance system to monitor activity on its border with Somalia in a move officials said was aimed at preventing terrorist attacks of the magnitude of Westgate mall  siege.

Speaking to the media, Interior and Coordination of National Government Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Ole Lenku, said the porous border between the two countries was a major route for terrorists especially the Al Shabaab, the militant group that claimed responsibility to the mall attack.

“The border is a major security concern as the points of entry are far too many. We are working on a surveillance system to show what is happening in the entire borderline. We are also putting up a command and control system that provides CCTV surveillance for the cities and also the border,” Lenku said.

He was unsure which routes the terrorists used to gain entrance into the country.

“There are a number of theories that are being put together. There is the Entebbe theory telling how there is a movement that came to Kenya, went to Entebbe and then came back. Forensic investigations are underway to ascertain reports that the Al Shabaab network that attacked Westgate originally landed in Entebbe and then came over the border from Uganda,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet Secretary said corrupt security officers worsened the situation.

These are a major setback to security and hence integrity will be a major consideration when recruiting new police officers going forward,” said Lenku.

Some security forces were captured on camera looting goods during the attacks in the upmarket mall as more than 60 people were killed.

– CAJ News

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