17 June 2014

Kenya: Lamu Attacks Political, Not Terrorism - Uhuru

Photo: Mombasa County Govt
Mpeketoni Equity bank branch after it was torched by suspected Al Shabaab terrorists.

Authorities in Lamu were notified of impending politically motivated attacks in Lamu but failed to act, President Uhuru Kenyatta revealed on Tuesday, as he vowed tough action.

He said those who did not heed intelligence warnings had been suspended and would face charges in court.

He was categorical that the Al Shabaab was not involved in the killing of at least 60 people, but that a politically instigated network was responsible.

“It’s now clear that intelligence was availed to security officers in Mpeketoni. Unfortunately the officers did not act accordingly. This negligence and abdication of duty and responsibility is unacceptable.

Accordingly, all concerned officers have been suspended and will be charged immediately in a court of law.”

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