Archive for April, 2014

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011 as the outcome of a 2005 peace deal that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war.

An overwhelming majority of South Sudanese voted in a January 2011 referendum to secede and become Africa’s first new country since Eritrea split from Ethiopia in 1993. Three years down the line and the youngest country has not seen peace. Early this week, South Sudanese rebels seized a strategic oil town last week, separating terrified residents by ethnicity before killing hundreds, according to the United Nations.

In a statement posted on its website,  the United Nation said Residents sought shelter in churches, mosques and hospitals when the rebels raided Bentiu town.  “We believe that at least 400 people were killed in Bentiu in the past week,” said Toby Lanzer, the top United Nations official in South Sudan.In one mosque alone, more than 200 civilians were reportedly killed and 400 others wounded, according to the United Nations.

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Before the attacks, some rebel commanders broadcast messages on local radio warning certain groups to leave town. “Others broadcast hate messages declaring that certain ethnic groups should not stay in Bentiu and even calling on men from one community to commit vengeful sexual violence against women from another community,” the U.N. Mission in South Sudan said.

According to the United Nations at one hospital, Nuer men, women and children who refused to cheer the rebels were killed, according to the United Nations.

People from other South Sudanese communities and the Darfuris, who hail from the war-ravaged Sudan region of Darfur, were also targeted and killed, the U.N. said.

Kenyans among other Africans joined in in calling African leaders to act and save the young nation. Kenyan on Twitter, #KOT as they are commonly know took African leaders to task under the hashtag #ListenToSouthSudan.

Just who will save South Sudan?

Here is a letter by Kenyan Blogger Robert Alai to Africans and its leaders about what is happening in South Sudan 

”Fellow Africans, do you realise that there is an ongoing genocide in South Sudan?

Can the UN tell us why they are unable to act and stop the killing of civilians like it happened last Monday in Bentiu when the SPLA/IO (in opposition) violently took over Bentiu, killing over 1200 people?

Half, or more of the killed, were innocent civilians and surrendered soldiers. The UNMISS remains mum, while the bodies continue rotting on the streets, being devoured by dogs n birds as children pass by, a week later!

The same UNMISS was very quick to condemn an attack on its camp in Bor where some people were killed (for celebrating the Bentiu capture). Is UNMISS taking sides in a bloody conflict? There is no media in South Sudan. The atrocities being committed by these warriors (both sides) is just gut-wrenching.

270 Darfurian businessmen were executed in a mosque after being lied to that they will be protected by the rebels. Included some women. Others were pulled out of the Bentiu Hospital n executed at point blank. Hundreds of bodies are rotting on the streets as we speak.

WHY IS THE UNMISS HIDING THIS STORY FROM THE WORLD???”

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On Sunday a man was killed after an explosive device he was trying to assemble went off in Eastleigh, Nairobi.  On Monday evening, again Six people are killed and dozens others seriously injured in blasts in the same estate.

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The Monday evening twin attacks occurred at Sheraton Cafe and The New Kwa Muzairua Super Grill Centre along Eastleigh’s 11th Street at around 7.30pm.. Source: Daily Nation

Monday’s Eastleigh attack also follows the one that took place in Mombasa a fortnight ago in which six people were killed and scores injured after gunmen opened fire at worshipers at a church in Likoni.

A week before Police in Mombasa  found two improvised explosive devices in a vehicle they had impounded and parked in their yard. The bombs were in a Toyota Surf vehicle belonging to two men of Somali origin who were arrested last week for alleged involvement in terror activities.

Just how safe is the country?  After the Sunday incident where someone died assembling a device, you would have thought we were more vigil. What happened to the country’s intelligence systems. National Intelligence Service Director Gichangi should explain to Kenyans what is happening to intelligence gathering in this country. His people cannot pretend not to know ongoings in Eastleigh, Mombasa, Garisa and all other towns that are being exposed to terror attacks.

Francis Kimemia who chairs the country’s security advisory committee should tell us what he together with the Cabinet Secretary in charge of security and The Inspector General of police are doing to protect Kenyans.

Last week President Uhuru Kenyatta  promised far-reaching reform of the country’s security to better protect the public from terrorism. One of the actions he said he would take is a what he described as “a shake-up” of the National Security Intelligence Service. He also promised to “enhance and invest in the specialist anti-terrorism unit with professional expertise to tackle groups such as Al-Shabaab”.

This promises should be done as soon as possible as the public is so worried about the recent trends of terror attacks in the country. 

We have a war on our hands; it must be fought with everything we possess

On Monday March 24th, Macharia Gaitho wrote a very great article in the Daily Nation after the Likoni Church attack. He said Once again, we have to confront the threat of terrorism in our midst. Here is the extract: 

”Whether it be to the scale of major incidents like the 1980 Norfolk Hotel bombing, the 1998 US embassy suicide bomb, the 2002 Paradise Hotel attack, and the Westgate shopping Mall assault last year; or the numerous grenade and gun attacks in Nairobi, Mombasa, Garissa, Mandera, Wajir and other places, the fact is that we have become a soft target for terrorists out to disturb our easygoing way of life.

This situation might well be of our own making. So consumed are we with endless politics that we pay scant attention to what clearly is becoming a state of permanent insecurity.

For many years, we boasted our position as an “island of peace” in turbulent region. Refugee camps in peaceful Kenya were bursting at the seams, but the way things are going, it might not be long before traffic starts going in the opposite direction and Kenyans trek out to look for peace and security in Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda.

For many years, we tended to look the other way as terrorists built up their local support networks. We have known all along that the Al Qaeda network operating out of the Middle East and its local Al-Shabaab affiliate based in Somalia have targeting Kenya”

With that, it is so obvious, the war we have on our hands needs a very serious approach and our security machinery needs to up their game.

By Nixon Kanali,