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Nothing Heroic ABout the Death of the Cops in Pangani?

Sometimes when you put pen to paper you do so knowing the kind of backlash you may earn. I listened to the talk show Jeff Koinange Live on KTN yesterday at night and it left me musing, what were the two cops doing in a terrorist car? Mwalimu Dida did a good job in helping me demarcate the boundary between Islam, terrorism, tribalism and lastly, being objective, even though it’s your community that suffers the impact of the security operation. Coincidentally, that was the subject of my posting on my blog yesterday.

My intelligent guess is that the two cops did not suspect the car was intended for terrorist acts, and I’m pretty sure there may have existed intelligence of an intended attack but not on the specificity of the car and the identity of the attackers. Otherwise the attackers would have been intercepted by a battalion of anti-terrorist cops, embedded in them a platoon of bomb diffusion experts, long before they tried overtaking on the wrong lane.

Now, it’s time to hypothesize, what I state henceforth herein remain allegations until hard facts are presented to support or nullify my hypothesis. This is where my thinking takes some shape, even though amorphous due to lack of hard evidence. Kenyan police have been known to solicit for bribes from motorists (I can provide hard evidence of that), and one way to avoid integrity house sniffing Labradors is to board the traffic offender’s car and solicit for a bribe in the safety of the victims’ vehicle through the kuna baridi technical  assault. I suspect that may have been the case.

The love for bribes is what possibly killed the two cops and not the honest commission of utumishi kwa wote. In short, chances are high the two cops were in the quest for chai moto because kuna baridi. Possibly a disagreement ensured on how big the cup of tea should be and the bargaining took a bad turn. When you refuse to part with a chunk of your wallet, you end up hijacked by cops to a police station where you are marooned via an OB and so wakubwa will deal with you. Let me pray this kind of buccaneering was not the actual case.

Off course, we now know the occupants were terrorists in the process of commissioning a crime. They have time schedules to observe and they , too, have superiors on their necks demanding that their performance contracts terms be achieved. This two buggers sense danger, knowing that a ride to the police station will create a failure of their mission. The irony is in the possibility that they were going to commit murder but found it morally haram to donate a cup of tea that was strongly brewed in their wallets. Now the lure of 72 virgins becomes too strong, and the cops are still pushing.

From Westgate, they now know what bravery means. Let’s stop fooling ourselves that these 72 virgin seekers are cowards. Mwalimu Dida says Lucifer is the unseen force, and I add, inside the car. As they approach the police station a half-loaf of bread is not bad, they can settle for some 32 individuals. This belief is due to wrong interpretations of the Holly Qur’an, and the boys in blue may be were doing the same with the Holly Bible just like their head boy. For them it is ask, and you will be given forgetting that you are condemned in reaping where you never sowed. How the negotiations end I do not know. I have no way of following up with respective ushers in the other world to know, I’m guessing they are quarrelling and none has realized they are not hungry or time is static them. But for sure I can never hypothesize beyond what I have empirically observed among the living. The dead should wait; I will hypothesize more on them when I die.

Now at this juncture let me return to true facts. These virgin seekers are brave. We can’t fool ourselves that they committed a cowardly act. It takes bravery to face death. KDF soldiers willingly face death in defence of our nation. That is bravery. Yet, we condemn their opponents as cowardly for facing death. Hypocrisy. They willingly move about in a car rigged with explosives with a detonator pressed ready for release and explosion. They are very brave for the wrong reasons though, but brave. When we dismiss this as cowardly, we remain backstreet spectators in our guard and easily get caught off guard, again and again. How foolish! When recognize this savage bravery, we are psychologically prepared. We won’t go asking for a cup of tea because kuna baridi.

…Back to my hypothesizing. If the case in this theory is correct, I do not see even an iota of evidence to support the claim that the two cops died out of bravery. With contempt I state they died a stupid death. I summarize. One, I doubt the reason for taking the car to a police station was because it was rigged with explosives. Reason why I hold this theory more is the fact that any good reasoning cop would never ever board a car, with two goons in search of 72 virgins and willingly ask them to go to a police station. Two, remember the shoot to kill order is technically in force. So commandeering a vehicle full of virgin seekers who are suspected of being suicide bombers doesn’t add up.

Three, my hypothesis could be wrong.

 

 

 

 

Ethnic Perspective of Terrorism in Kenya

It doesn’t matter what the security operation does at the moment, but historical aloofness and petty tribal jingoism is the key concern that must be addressed as the security operations proceeds. Members of the Somali community are by all means majorly Muslims. Each and every terrorist act in the last 16 years has been aided by at a Somali and of special concern from Somalia. Right from 1998 to 2013 Westgate siege Somali nationals have played a significant role in this attacks, and that is the fact Somali leaders of Kenyan origin must address first. Remove foreign chaff from their local brood.

Secondly, it is an open secret that Eastleigh has been harbouring both bona fide refugees, terrorists masquerading as refugees and clandestine figures right from the time it became a centre of commerce controlled by the Somali community. Considering the high number of incidences that have happened, even to the extent that the local MP of the area was almost killed in a grenade attack, something must be done to beef security. No one ventures sensitive information easily, and the need to protect your brother despite the wrongs he does to the larger community is stronger to the Somali family than to the nation. As citizens we have to learn that a time comes when the nation is greater than the individual, the late Prof. Saitoti was no fool to coin that.

When Duale’s gaffes reveal that Somalis are the commercial kingpins in Nairobi or Garrissa or Moyale is not a matter of consequence. What begs my concern is why delineate regions that have no Somali as a major community the play grounds for future terrorists’ attacks? That is the basis of tribal grouping, and where such tribal jingoism begins to take root, something is rotting in a society that is composed of different ethnic communities. This rot is made further smelly when stereotyping takes shape is describing social patterns in the country. For example since most terrorist have been targeting Christians and Christian institutions it becomes easy for paranoid Christians to presume Muslims are targeting Christians, and when Duale goes on air in public forum making egocentric tribal remarks of that kind, what is he reinforcing in the minds of those who wrongly and continuously perceive Muslims as terrorists, and here is a Somali leader who seems to purport that terrorist attack are bad in so far as they target Eastleigh because the commerce kingpins in the area are Somalis who are Muslims?

This problem is further worsened by serious utterance by irresponsible religious zealots who are even on record for having stated killing a Kaffir or even a Christian in the propagation of terrorists is a handsome thing. The whole fabric of religious tolerance that is an essential pillar in maintaining unity in the country becomes just a farce inscribed in the national anthem without pragmatic application. That is how Central African Republic became a rotting state in a religious conflict that could not be cooled from within her own boundaries. God forgive serious learned scholars of the law when they make statements that in real sense are in contravention of the Constitution. Somali scholars do not use tribal jingoism and religious veil to assert that Somalis are unfairly being targeted, but we all know that no matter what happens, preventing terrorisms is a big problem. On the wider scale, history reveals that other tribes are culpable to the vice in Kenya, but who have been dominant in the practice locally?

What I simply mean is that religion is being used wrongly on two fronts. One Muslims are not terrorists, but in our historical biography as a nation many terrorists acts have been involving Muslims and more sadly of the Somali origin. So when time comes to clean the act, I am foreseeing a pure success against terrorism in the short-term, and a serious defect in the ethno-tribal relations, that can seriously be undermined by uncorrected perspectives from Somalis themselves, while being stereotyped as the perpetrators of terrorist acts in the country by the general public. The effect of this stereotyping is creating the bad impression that Muslims are terrorists. The best solution is now for everybody to act according to the law and the spirit of the new Kenyan Constitution. This serious problem that arises from pettiness will be a thing of the past.

Lastly, the previous governments have been again the major players in encouraging terrorism by being mediocre, silly and inept in resolving the terrorist problem. Much as the blame game goes against the Somali people in Kenya, the government by its own ignorance of choice allowed Anglo-Leasing scandal to prosper, and Kenya lost a milestone in equipping herself with proper tools in the fight against terrorism. It is good that Kenyan has always taken a lead role avoiding intruding the affairs of other countries, but this time, our inaction is the harvest of hindsight in Somali. The product was the sprouting of extremists in that country who abuse religion, and the spill over is in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and even as far as Congo. Kenyans, we should not blame the Somali per se, we should share the blame collectively and find a solution that works for everyone.

The Price of Al-Shabaab: Blood, Sweat and Tears

I have listened to the speeches the Kenyan leaders have delivered thus so far, and it is my well considered opinion that they are not doing enough to psychologically prepare Kenyans for even worse situations to come. As the Deputy President stated at the airport, Kenya will up the game to defend the lives and properties of Kenyans. But the reality of the matter is that in the course of fighting our war in Somalia, those Al Shabaab goons will resort to terrorist acts with the vengeance of the devils and demons.

What we have witnessed is just the begging. We as a country will not withdraw our troops from Somali, but that by itself is what the Al-Shabaab will use shamelessly in justifying all means of inhuman acts to hit the civilian population within our homeland Kenya. More acts of violence may be witnessed. It is time to galvanize the Kenyan spirit into forming a wall of resilience in the common Kenyan’s mind that despite the blood spill that has occurred and may occur in future. In my view, however naïve as it may be, is the failure of the Kenyan leaders awakening a realistic picture in the minds of Wanjiku, Atieno, Nanjala, and Chelegathuko mashinani.

Let the wisdom of Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister during the 2nd World War, be used here. That wisdom in the voice of reality in a testing situation was in his statement that he was assuming office of the premiership on the promise of bloodsweat and tears as the price that the Bristish Empire was to pay to secure freedom. It was not a nice promise, but it was the most practical promise in the sea of turmoil and impending destruction of the British nation at that time. May be with our KDF in anti-countenance of Al-Shabaab in Somali, this is the unpleasant promise Kenyans must be given by the leaders and especially by the C-in-C of our KDF.

This is the galvanization Kenyan leaders have failed to use to motivate Kenyans to continue holding hope in a sea of potential torment arising from our nation’s excursion against the Al-Shabaab in Somalia. I have listened to the words of Raila, President Kenyatta and his DP Ruto, Ole Lenku, Gen Karangi, Kimaiyo, and many other leaders. The declaration that “…Never again shall this happen” is a fanciful fallacy. The Kenyan leaders must prepare the Kenyan psyche for a long and gruesome experience of violence.

There shall be untold violence against children, women and men, our properties and it shall be a test on our resolve to remain a united nation under more threats like the Westgate Siege. It is only through the Kenyan public realizing that we have a long and fierce war of fighting a faceless enemy, in the impending pain our war is bound to generate from the effects of the terrorists on our peaceful tranquility. It is only then that we will say we are ready for blood,sweat and tears in our final assault to defeat Al-Shabaab and see a united Republic of Somalia rise from the ashes and smoke of anarchy and be a source of security to Kenyan and the entire Horn of Africa.

I say so because as country we have been the ill-fated victims of unwarranted terrorist acts in the past. From the Norfork Bombing, to Nairobi Bomblast of 1998, Kikambala, Garrisa attacks and many more that remains unlisted here. Should we fool our collective imagination by saying it will never happen? Or should be prudent and start plans on how to mitigate the effects of such acts of violence when they occur? That choice is within the policy making capacity of our defense forces, ministry of internal security and all other agencies dealing with our security. The truth of the matter is, we cannot foil each and every terrorist act. Not even the USA, Russia, China, Spain or Germany has the ability to foil each and every terrorist acts conceived against them. But what is our response mechanism should this happen again in future? Is the civilian population prepared to endure?

As the local man goes about his business, he must also be aware that Winston Churchill promised the British bloodsweat and tears as the manifesto for winning the 2nd World War. They suffered the German blitzkrieg, the heavy losses of life in Normandy landings, and other untold cruelties of war. I believe, that is the new manifesto we should embrace in our war with Al-Shabaab. To have the KDF or AMISOM retreat from Somali will be a victory for the Al-Shabaab. Deep down even the Somali are looking upon KDF to liberate their country, while we are looking at KDF for the defense of our country from the tyranny of the terrorists. Kenyan leaders, time for flowery speeches is over. We are already united as a nation.

It is time to prepare our collective psyche for a hurricane of terrorist acts as the KDF and AMISON continue to neutralize Al-Shabaab in Somali. The last kicks of the dying donkey are violent at first, and then slowly wither. It is never a single kick, but a plurality of kicks that weaken with time. In Somali, Al-Shabaab is soon to be lifeless on its death bed. Bravo Kenyans! It is time to let the resilience in us be obvious in our approach to suffering in the promise of a future peace for the Horn of Africa and our own country.