Khalwale: Uhuru should take Westgate attack responsibility
04 October 2013, 09:33
Nairobi - Kakamega Senator, Boni Khalwale, has said that President Uhuru Kenyatta should take full responsibility for the Westgate Mall terror attack.
Khalwale said the President should be in a "better position" to explain to Kenyans the events that led to the killing of innocent civilians.
President Kenyatta is the Chairman of the National Security Council, and according to Khalwale, he should have acted swiftly if there were any intelligence reports he had received prior to the attack.
“The President must know that the buck stops somewhere and in this case, it stops with is him. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) should not be blamed because it has no powers to order any action,” Khalwale said.
He defended NIS boss, Michael Gichangi, arguing that he must not be "sacrificed" if he had briefed the President over the Al Shabaab threat.
Meanwhile, he urged the government to conduct meticulous operations in Eastleigh Estate and screen all residents of Somali origin as a measure to avert a repeat of the past heinous acts of terrorism in the country.
The call comes amid fears terrorists, who are protesting the presence of the local forces in Somalia, earmarked the place as their next target.
So far, the government has indicated that 67 people lost their lives while 175 others sustained injuries during the attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi.
- CAJ News