Archive for December, 2014

10690042_10206129451623687_7649006092828164477_nPresident Kenyatta has finally signed the controversial Security Laws (Ammendment) Act, 2014 into Law on Friday afternoon.

The bill was passed yesterday by Members of Parliament  after chaotic scenes were witnessed from Members of the opposition and government.

In case you missed it here is the full statement given by the president after signing the bill into law

Fellow Kenyans,

1.A few minutes ago, I signed into law the Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014.Fellow Kenyans,

2.On the 22nd of November, 28 Kenyans were executed by terrorists.  A week later, another 36 Kenyans were yet again massacred by terrorists.  Following this, there was extensive consultation and reflection across the executive.  I constituted a team to undertake a comprehensive review and I received their report within a week.

3.The review identified a number of gaps within our security laws as well as administrative challenges in our security sector.  To address this, a draft bill was developed and subjected to extensive consultations through public participation, engagement with independent constitutional commissions and parliamentary processes that built consensus around the core areas of review.  During this process, all the concerns raised by the different stakeholders were addressed by the relevant Parliamentary Committees through amendments.

4.I take this opportunity to thank the National Assembly for having the presence of mind, yesterday, to pass this bill despite deplorable conduct of a few individuals who seem oblivious to the threat that is upon our country at this point in time.  As a result of this unfortunate incident, many Kenyans were denied the opportunity to follow the Parliamentary proceedings.

5.I therefore urge all Kenyans to take time to read and understand this law.  I am confident that you will find that there is nothing in this law that goes against the Bill of Rights or any provision of the constitution.  Its intent is one; to protect the lives and property of all citizens. Fellow Kenyans,

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6.This law gives our security actors a firm institutional framework for coherent cooperation and synergy within the national counter-terrorism centre.

7.This synergy is cascaded from the highest to the lowest level through the national government security structures.

8.The law also deals with emerging crimes that reinforce terrorism, including the phenomena of foreign fighters, radicalization and transnational and cross-border crimes such as poaching and trafficking. Increasingly, these crimes are assuming a degree of sophistication that calls for a radical approach.

9.The law also improves our capacity to detect, deter and disrupt any threats to national security.  For the first time, we now have a law that focuses on prevention and disruption of threats.

10.Further, the law allows for the use of technology in processing and advancing the ability for successful prosecution of suspects.

11.Cognisant of the lack of integrity and its role in accentuating vulnerability as well as compromising national security, this law sets a higher threshold for any public and state officer that is charged with the responsibility of protecting Kenya and its people.

12.In this regard, the law provides for heavy penalties for any transgression.

13.In addition to this raft of legal amendments, we have also commenced wide-scale administrative and operational reforms that align command and control, improve doctrine and modalities of work and improve operational effectiveness on the ground. Fellow Kenyans,

14.In conclusion, I call upon all Kenyans to bring their full weight to bear in giving effect to this law.

15.While we now have this important law, it is critical to appreciate that it is only one instrument among the many measures that we need to put in place in order to guarantee our security.  We must all remember that we are still at war and vulnerable to terror attacks.

16.I therefore call upon each one of us to remain vigilant and share any information that would aid in securing our country with the relevant authorities.

17.May peace dwell within our borders during this festive season.

Thank you and God bless you.

Meanwhile, you can click here to read the new Security Amendments Act 2014, as passed by parliament yesterday(THE SECURITY LAWS (AMENDMENT) ACT, 2014)

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The Kenyan Government has today deregistered 510 NGOs. 15 of the NGOs are alleged to be financing terrorism in the country. The government has also gone ahead to freeze their accounts.

The 15 however have not been highlighted according to the list provided

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The government has also revoked number of work permits of foreigners. It says that the deregistered NGOs have never filed their returns.

Here is the full list of the 150 NGOs, download it here FULL LIST OF THE DEREGISTERED NGOs

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The recent cases of insecurity in the country might have been a wake up call for the government. This could just be the reason why the government want to come up with some laws that have been stipulated in Security Laws Amendment Bill 2014.

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The bill which has created so much debate among Kenyans and even some international bodies proposes amendments to 22 security laws.

If passed, will now be an offense to publish “obscene, gory or offensive material likely to cause fear and alarm to the general public”. Offenders will be jailed for a maximum of three years or fined up to Sh5 million or both.

Also, publishing or broadcasting images of victims of terror attacks without the consent of the police or the victim will be a crime and offenders will be jailed for a maximum of three years or fined up to Sh5 million or both.

The goverment also wants to listen to your conversations as the bill also intends to allow security agencies to have powers to intercept communication without warrant for intelligence in order to detect and prevent terrorism related offences.

Well, this are just some of the provisions of the bill that are creating controversy among Kenyans and even the media.

What do you think, should parliament pass this bill? if passed and the president signs it into law, will we finally be have achieved our goal as a country in fighting terrorism and insecurity?

Download the bill here: THE-SECURITY-LAWS-AMENDMENT-BILL-2014

Recently, Al Jazeera made one of the most disturbing revelations on how Kenya’s counter-terrorism police are eliminating suspected Muslim radicals.

”Inside Kenya’s Death Squads” is the documentary done by Al Jazeera’s investigative unit where  officers from four units of Kenya’s counter-terrorism apparatus admitted the police assassinate suspects on government orders. They claim that the order to assassinate is made by the National Security Council.

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The government has come out strongly to dismiss this claims and even threatening to take legal action against Al Jazeera. It has already filed a formal complaint with the Media Council of Kenya, requesting them to investigate Al Jazeera for what it calls professional misconduct.

The Kenyan Government says it does not operate death squads neither is it aware of the existence of any such groups in the country.

It is also question the timing of the documentary saying it is suspicious and appears meant to derail Kenya’s efforts to fight terrorism.

”The documentary was deliberately planned and aired at a time when the country is seeking support to strengthen its war against terror through legislative reforms”. The government says.

In the documentary promo Al Jazeera claimed that over 500 clerics had been killed by the so -called death squads.

So how true is this? does the government run any Death Squads?

Here is what the Al Jazeera had to say

Response to statement by Government of Kenya

”Al Jazeera Media Network is deeply concerned by the Government of Kenya’s threat to bring charges against those involved in the making of “Inside Kenya’s Death Squads”, broadcast on December 8.

Al Jazeera urges the Government of Kenya (GoK) not to attack journalists or to curtail freedom of speech, but instead to confront the serious allegations that its agents commit extra-judicial killings.

“Inside Kenya’s Death Squads”, produced by the network’s Investigative Unit, features the testimony of a number of members of Kenya’s counter terrorism units. Each states that the police assassinate suspects on government orders. They claim orders come from the National Security Council, a body chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The documentary was neither “malicious” nor “unethical”. Each point made by the GoK is erroneous and misinformed.

•    The promotional material for the documentary never claimed death squads had killed 500 clerics.

•    The programme gave the GoK ample opportunity to reply to the accusations and included its denials.

•    The identities of all persons interviewed and documents released were checked and verified.

The investigation was the confirmation of an allegation that has been widespread in Kenya for many years:

•    The International Criminal Court has spent more than four years examining evidence of extra-judicial killings said to have been committed by the President and his deputy. The case collapsed after the Prosecutor accused the GoK of “an unprecedented effort to intimidate and interfere with witnesses”.

•    In 2009, Wikileaks published a document that provided evidence that over 500 young men were killed or made to disappear in a police campaign.

•    The United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Philip Alston, declared in 2010: “I have received overwhelming testimony that there exists in Kenya a systematic, widespread and well-planned strategy to execute individuals.”

•    In August 2014, Human Rights Watch issued a report that concluded: “There is strong evidence that Kenya’s Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) has carried out a series of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances.”

•    Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga said on December 9 in response to our investigation: “I have been in the National Security Council and I am aware that the government has a hit squad.”

The GoK accuses those involved in the production of violating “the democratic space which every Kenyan must protect to prevent our democracy from being appropriated by agents and/ or sympathizers of extremists and terrorist agenda.”

Al Jazeera rejects this claim.

While the team that conducted the investigation is based outside Kenya, the statement appears directed at journalists within the country who examine and report on government abuses.

We note that the GoK is proposing new legislation seeking to punish journalists who are found guilty of  “undermining security operations”. According to reports, the Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014 seeks to jail such persons for up to three years or fine them five million Kenyan Shilling (55,000 USD) or both.

Al Jazeera defends the right of journalists to freedom of expression and condemns attempts to restrict the work of professional journalism. It stands by colleagues in the profession facing acts of aggression and harassment.”

So what do you think?

Photo Source: Daily Nation

Photo Source: Daily Nation

President Uhuru Kenyatta on this Tuesday afternoon after so much public outcry finally announced a new Interior Cabinet Secretary. Kajiado Central MP Major-General (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery will now be  the Interior Cabinet secretary. He takes over the position of Joseph Ole Lenku who has been on the spot fover the recent rising cases of insecurity in the Country.

Earlier on Inspector General of police resigned over what he termed as a personal decision.

Incase you missed it, Here is President Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech

1. Our country and our people are under attack. A war has been waged against ALL Kenyans by an enemy hiding behind religion, and much innocent blood has been shed. Kenya has been subjected to a long history of murder and violence at the hand of bandits, terrorists and extremists.

2. For over two decades now, Kenya has endured immense vulnerability owing to the collapse of the Somalia Government in 1991. This led to civil war in that country, and provided space for bandits to roam the entire region at will.
3. This space became ideal for terrorists to train and plan far-reaching attacks in the region, continent and even abroad. From Somalia, they inflicted murder and mayhem with impunity everywhere they went. Kenya has, by far, borne the brunt of these terrorist attacks.

4. In August 1998, 200 Kenyans were murdered by terrorists when they detonated a bomb at the US Embassy in Nairobi. In November, 2002, terrorists struck in Kikambala, Kilifi county, claiming over a dozen lives.
5. Since then, a spate of attacks and abductions threatened our people and the economy, violated our territorial integrity and insulted our sovereignty. More recently, there has been a series of terror attacks, culminating in the violence and murder at the Westgate Mall in September last year, and the murders early this morning in Mandera. These terrorist attacks have claimed the lives of more than 500 civilians and 300 security officers.
6. After decades of horror, fear, outrage and frustration, we resolved as a nation to protect our sovereignty by pursuing our enemies beyond our borders into Somalia. By mid-2011, it had become abundantly clear that our long border with an ungoverned territory teeming with violent criminals was a threat to our national stability. Joining military efforts to bring peace to Somalia was the inevitable answer to our terror and security threats. In October, 2011, the Government authorized the KDF to pursue the Al Shabaab militia into Somalia. This decision was right then, and remains so today.
7. Following requests by regional, continental and global actors, KDF joined AMISOM in February 2012. We remain part of the African Union mission to date.

8. The incursion in Somalia has been largely successful. Al-Shabaab is depleted and on the retreat. However, even in its diminished state, it remains a threat to our nation. In desperation, it formally affiliated itself in 2012 to Al Qaeda, the international terrorist group.

9. This way, they secured resources and ability to infiltrate civilian populations and recruit, then radicalize Kenyan youths to execute attacks within our communities.

10. This is why we have witnessed intensified extremist rhetoric against the KDF campaign in Somalia as well as support for murder and impunity. This reprehensible rhetoric has embraced Al Qaeda’s extremist ideas of setting up an Islamic Caliphate in East Africa.

11. Places of worship have become fertile places for recruitment and several Mosques have been taken over by radicalized terrorist sympathizers and accomplices.

Dear Kenyans,
12. All recent attacks bear the terrorists’ signature. Last week’s bus attack was accompanied by typical terrorist rhetoric. Last night, a terrorist attack that would have wrought unspeakable devastation was successfully repulsed in Wajir. Today’s attack in Mandera targeted a soft area, leaving 36 Kenyans dead.
13. These attacks follow a pattern identical to the attacks on Christians in Lamu, the sporadic attacks in Mombasa, Kwale, Garissa and Tana River. The obvious intent is to create hostility and suspicion across ethnic and religious lines and to drive non-Muslims from certain parts of this country. The ultimate aim of this atrocious campaign is to establish an extremist caliphate in our region.
Dear Kenyans,
14. A time has come for each and everyone of us to decide and choose. Are you on the side of an open, free, democratic Kenya which respects the rule of law, sanctity of life and freedom of worship, or do you stand with repressive, intolerant and murderous extremists?

Dear Kenyans,
15. Terrorism and violent crime are grave threats to our nation. We are in a war against terrorists in and outside our country.
16. With the aid of sympathizers, supporters and collaborators among our communities, terrorists have retaliated viciously to deter us from our determined, effective and successful effort to rid the Horn of Africa of terrorism and violent extremism. We will not flinch or relent in the war against terrorism in our country and our region. We shall continue to inflict painful casualties on these terrorists until we secure our country and region. Our stability and prosperity depends on a secure neighbourhood. This is our commitment.
17. We ask every Kenyan to take a principled stand against the evil of terror, and to support this war. We are in this together, all the way.

18. Innocent Kenyan lives have been lost, in a most harrowing manner, to these animals. Too many lives, too painfully snuffed out. Again, I extend condolences to the families of all Kenyans who lost their lives in the hands of terrorists. My Government continues to extend support to you, and we pray that God gives you His divine solace, and comforts each of you in this painful moment.

19. In our shock, bitterness and outrage, many Kenyans, leaders included, have lost sight of the context of this situation, and the scale of the war on terror. Kenya is at war. Our enemy thrives on sowing panic and despondency in our hearts. We aid this enemy when we succumb to suspicion, fear, finger-pointing and blame-games.

20. Terrorists’ efforts bear fruit a hundredfold when we see things their way: with countenances of fear, anger and despair. We become their unwitting accomplices when we doubt, and we come to their aid when we shout at each other.
21. This is a war against Kenya, and Kenyans. It is not a war against the Jubilee Government or its leaders. It is a war that every one of us must fight. Our bickering only emboldens the enemy.

22. Our national conversation, whatever its temper, is facilitated by our media. The media must step back from being an inert funnel of sentiments, opinions and messages, and become a true mediator and an honest broker of the national discourse. The media must not allow intemperate, intolerant, divisive, alarmist and stigmatizing views.
23. Ideas that profile and victimize communities and individuals serve the precise aims of our enemies. Media serving as a platform for destructive and toxic interaction is dangerous for our nationhood. I urge the media to help Kenya develop a sober, bipartisan consensus on matters of national importance, where we may confer as a national family without sacrificing our democracy, freedom of opinion or robust debate.
Fellow Kenyans,
24. I must address myself at this point to our Muslim community. Muslims are a hardworking, and peaceful community. Their contribution to nation building is indispensable. We ask you to continue standing with your country and compatriots as always, and not to give in to the desires of terrorists who may use your religion to manipulate or coerce you. All Kenyans understand Islam to be a religion of peace, because Allah is All- Gracious and merciful.

25. Without a doubt, terrorists who claim to kill in the name of Allah are neither Muslims nor Godly people, but deranged animals who have lost their souls and minds. Stay true to your religious tradition of tolerance and respect for all people. We depend on your support in our war against violent extremism and terror.

26. I also want to reach out, in a special way, to county governments, and especially those whose counties border Somalia. Let us never forget that as leaders, we are all sworn to protect the sovereignty of this nation.
27. I remind you of your responsibility to work with the national Government in keeping our country and people safe. Your interactions with the grassroots place you in a vantage for purposes of preventing attacks and peace-building within and among our communities. As always, we will keep a listening ear at all times to take your input on board.

28. Let us all pull together as one nation: to comfort the afflicted and bereaved, to confront the terrorists and to build a stronger, more tranquil and happier nation.
Fellow Kenyans,
29. As President and the Commander-in-Chief of our Defence Forces, I hurt with you, and grieve with you very deeply. I continuously consult and review concrete strategies to make every part of this country safe for every Kenyan. I remain confident that our short, medium and long-term plans are feasible and appropriate, and that in due course, our security situation will turn around.
30. My Government has invested heavily in terms of increasing the recruitment of security personnel and improving their welfare, providing vehicles for our security services, equipping them with the hardware and technology needed to keep Kenya safe. We will continue to increase investment in this sector until our country and citizens are secure.

31. Despite this progress, we acknowledge some weaknesses in our security architecture.
32. In light of this, last week, I directed my Government’s security actors to engage with the members of the relevant committees of the legislature, with a view to rectify administrative and legal hurdles that limit our ability to deal with the very real and existential threat that we face.

33. On Thursday this week, I expect a final report of their deliberations and recommendations for my consideration and further action. To this end, I have written to the National Assembly to ask them to extend their sitting until this process is concluded.

34. Recognizing that the war on terrorism requires all of us, I also call upon other arms of Government, particularly the Judiciary and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to work with us and seal all gaps that hinder the effective operations to secure the country.

Dear Kenyans,
35. As we intensify the war on terrorism, I acknowledge the thousands of our men and women in uniform. They continue to serve this nation diligently in difficult and trying circumstances.
36. We have lost hundreds of them as they work to defend us. For this reason, I urge all Kenyans to support and pray for our security forces at all times.

37. Earlier today, I held a meeting with the Inspector General of Police, Mr David Kimaiyo, a man who has served this nation with dedication and commitment.

Mr David Kimaiyo offered to retire and I have accepted the retirement request. I therefore take this opportunity to thank Mr David Kimaiyo for his many years of service to our nation.

Further to this, I have nominated Hon. Major General (rtd) Joseph Nkaissery as the new Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government. I hope the National Assembly will expedite the process of his vetting and approval.

Fellow Kenyans,
38. I know we are all under a lot of pressure, but I appeal to each one of us: this is not a time to be cowed by the enemy. I also call on all leaders to stand together and confront this enemy. This is a war we must win.

39. We must win it together. In times like this, Kenyans must unite and stand for Kenya.

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Here is the governments statement in regard to the Mandera and Wajir attacks.

Same old statements:

At about 2am, heavily armed bandits raided a Quarry workers’ camp at Koromey area in the outskirts of Mandera town.
They killed 36 innocent Kenyans.

Survivors of the attack indicate that the bandits numbered some 20 people.

In another incident at 8.30pm last evening, 3 masked gunmen stormed Ngamia Club in Wajir Town and started shooting at random.

Immediately, security forces engaged and repulsed them.

Unfortunately, one Kenyan was killed and 13 others injured in the incident. The injured are being attended to.

The Government sends messages of condolences to the families of those who have lost their dear ones and stands by them during this difficult time.

Investigations are underway in regard to both incidents.

A full statement will be issued in the course of the day.

Manoah Esipisu – spokesperson@president.go.ke