The attack on a Kenyan Mall, Westgate, “is a sign of cowardice and shame that continues to be the mainstay of terror groups worldwide.” Mr. Robinson Gichuhi, Chairman of the Association Board and Special Business Advisor, made this statement recently in a teleconference within the Kenya Diaspora that met to discuss ways and means to counter these “cowardly” acts. Mr. Gichuhi echoed the words of other diaspora leaders who condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms.
The barbaric attack that took place at the Westgate Mall causing a huge death toll and hundreds of injuries among shoppers, revelers and business owners, was claimed by Al-Shaabab explaining their brutal acts of murder and mayhem as motivated by revenge on Kenya for its role in the African Union intervention in Somalia.
Members within the Kenya Welfare Association has also expressed their deep sympathy sent condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Kenya. Members also felt that the corruption within the Kenyan Immigration department may have aided some of the perpetrators, citing just how easy it is to acquire ‘fake’ but usable Kenyan passports and identity cards. “We need to revamp and secure out country and weed out official corruption”, lamented one member recently.
In its effort to bring to justice, Kenyan authorities have released the photographs of 2 suspects that are wanted for questioning on the Westgate attack. The government is offering Kshs 500,000/- (US $6.000) for information leading to the arrest of the two suspects. Members in the USA with close ties to anyone that might have information on these and other perpetrators and organizers of terror attacks, are asked to contact any officer of the Kenya Welfare Association who will liaison with the Kenyan Government and take the necessary steps to have any persons of interest apprehended. The best number to call in such a case is +1.636.344.0023.
To read more on the info request, see: http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Police-identify-terror-suspects–/-/1056/2021656/-/64edojz/-/index.html
THE MINNESOTA CONNECTION: Information needed
The leaders of the Kenya Welfare Association are concerned about the present of AL Shabaab recruiters in the Minnesota area. Any information leading to the arrest of would be such trainers and recruiters is badly needed by Kenyan authorities and members are asked to forward any information they have acquire as they converse with Kenyans in the Minnesota area.
OTHER DIASPORANS RESPOND
Press Releases from other diaspora organizations point to shock and dismay. “Kenyans living in the Diaspora are dismayed by the growing unprovoked acts of terrorism targeting the safety and security of innocent Kenyans. Groups claiming responsibility for the senseless violence that seeks to disrupt Kenya’s tranquility put forward unsupportable grievances against the government and people of Kenya”, once such press release asserted. “We are increasingly alarmed by the growing threats to security posed by such armed militia groups roaming the region to unleash dastardly acts of terror on peace-loving populations. These groups take pleasure in challenging our national security forces. Concerted action must be brought to bear in order to restore confidence and tranquility” the leadership of one such diaspora organization added.
JOINT DIASPORA REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
All diaspora organizations call for any and all information that could bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of the reprehensible act of terrorism to justice. “We urge all Kenyans to cooperate with the government by providing information that will lead to stumping out the threat of terrorism from taking root and denying Kenyans their peace.”