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
“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
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