Statement on the Mpeketoni attack

Monday, June 16th, 2014 @ 1:24PM

I am deeply saddened by the attack of innocent Kenyans in Mpeketoni that has led to the loss of many lives. I wish a quick recovery to those who survived the attack and send my deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones in this unfortunate attack. May the souls of the departed rest in eternal peace.

I have visited the people of Mpeketoni many times. I have always been delighted by the warmth of the people and their sense of community. It is very unfortunate that such evil, pain and suffering would be visited upon them. As they come to terms with and recover from such a grievous violation of their lives, we must stand with them as a nation.

The attack on Mpeketoni is a reminder to us all that the level of insecurity in Kenya has reached intolerable levels. With the increasing frequency and gravity of attacks, rising levels of crime and the failure of our security organs to guarantee Kenyans of their security is evident. In the past, we have heard strong statements on security after every attack. Unfortunately, these statements are often not followed by commensurate action. As I have stated before, strong words must be followed by tough action. This is often not the case and this attack is clear evidence of the continued failure of our security organs to live up to our expectations.

It is very evident now, our intelligence gathering remains as weak as before the Westgate attack which should have been a watershed moment for the management of security in Kenya. Each year, the security organs are allocated huge amounts of money for the sole purpose of keeping Kenyans safe. Of these, the intelligence arm get a lion’s share and must therefore be at the centre of ensuring the safety of Kenyans. It is absolutely clear that they have failed us; one does not need to be a rocket scientist to see the inadequacy of our intelligence apparatus.  The Kenyan people are not interested in the mere enumeration of foiled attacks; they want to know that they are safe and that their security can never be negotiated.

I have been steadfast in my support for the KDF incursion into Somalia to protect us from the threat of al-Shabaab. It is becoming increasingly clear that our presence in Somalia has not improved our security. We need to reassess the reasons for our presence there and possibly rethink our presence altogether. We must now, more than ever before, think of bringing back or men and women in uniform to protect our borders.

These are heavy issues that need to be approached with sobriety. As I have often stated, Kenyan belongs to all of us, and for most of us, it is our only home. We must jealously safeguard our way of life and learn to live and work together to resolve the issues affecting us.

It is moments such as this, moments which try our souls, which should reminds us of what we must do. Let’s talk to each other and resolve these security crises together.

17 Comments to "Statement on the Mpeketoni attack" add comment
Waithaka
June 16, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Is the presence of soldiers along our borders the problem or is it an issue of corruption in our security systems?

Gilbert Anari
June 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm

the govt should impliment her tough decisions. not just talking and go.we need action

Phinehas Njeru
June 16, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Dear Peter Kenneth (Hon).
Your Opinion is really touching. Such an observation coming from yourself can only re-affirm the fears in the majority of affected Kenyans. My question is:- Why can’t the leadership of your like now gang up together and do something on the grievous menace that is now staring at all of us? I am particularly worried about our borders and the failure at the NIS department.

Phinehas

Salma Ali
June 16, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Am saddened by all that happened in mpekoni and urge the government to do something about the rising insecurity. We need Kenya to be the peaceful nation i knew as a growing child. Lets put blame game aside and join hands on being one otherwise at this moment lets not pretend that we are one because we are not. I PRAY FOR Kenya. Thank you for standing with the Mpekoni people Mr Peter I stand with them too.

Justus Muthuri
June 16, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Thanks PK for the message of condolence and peace I join you in consoling the affected families my God comfort them and the rest of Kenya.
It goes without saying there is terribly something wrong with the security apparatus in our beloved country, something is ailing us and we are afraid to say it, the people entrusted with the responsibility to protect us have totally failed us and instead of them confessing they are not able they come out with the same old story they are in control, the country is losing confidence and we need to start talking and demand more. when will they take responsibility ?

stephen kagoma
June 16, 2014 at 2:51 pm

I totally agree with you mheshimiwa.Much have been said by the highest authority in the government about tackling insecurity yet despite all that tough talks,kenyan still remains vulnerable to attacks which makes me wonder what measures do they take after such tough talks or is it a matter of public relations talks as a cover for failure to guard mwananchi.Its very discouraging.

Peter
June 16, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Peter,
I also join with you in condoling with the families of the yet again casualties of this heinous and cowardly attack.
Its time the leadership of this great republic stop politicking with the lives of the already pressed Kenyans. The security apparatus in this country has failed, and as such the ball must roll.And for it to roll the people in charge, if they cannot see he morality in stepping aside and let other capable citizens take charge, then THEY SHOULD BE FIRED! I am fully aware that sacking Ole Lenku and Gichangi may not lead us to the safe land, but it will be a start. It will reassure the innocent terrified Kenyans that their lives are more important to the president now than the Masaai votes in 2017 or the reward of an Election victory in future for it has been said agelessly that stupidity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results. THE TIME FOR THAT MUCH NEEDED REASSURANCE IS NOW!

jane mwangi
June 16, 2014 at 3:22 pm

we Kenyans experiencing hard time.we wish you and likes of your leadership can also gang up 4 betterment of this country as someone has pointed out earlier

Peter
June 16, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Thanks Hon Peter Kenneth for sending your condolences and expressing your dissatisfaction with the security apparatus in Kenya very firmly, but very maturely. It is always easy to see the faults of others, but security in Kenya right now is no child pray. Fighting Al Shabaab and other extremist groups has never been easy. I know leaders like you have got few options on what they can do, however, letting your voice be heard, goes a long way in doing what is possible.
The other thing leaders like you can do is to condemn the attackers, their trainers, and their financiers.
As you have rightfully pointed out, our intelligence system has completely failed. It seems there was evidence that an attack is eminent, but no response system was put in place. We appreciate that the attackers do not broadcast where they will carry out their atrocities, but after the attack is reported, there should be a better response than our security team did.
How easy is it to track the financiers of these activities?

Timoth
June 16, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Dear Mr Prezzo
I hope you are fine like me, I woke up with the sad news of mpeketoni. I decided to take my time and mourn with my motherland as I saw women robbed of their love. The mpeketoni widows made me shed tears, mucus and blood.
I am writing to let you know that we are right behind you as the commander in chief of the armed forces. But again what is it that we do as a country to avoid this westgate type of attacks.?
Are you sure that the ministers in charge is doing their bit well? Are you sure that the NSIS chief and staff are doing their job well? Are you sure that the security chief, police and military are up to the task? If YES then where is the problem?
Sir kindly address this issues so that we as members of this nation are assured of our security. For a while I was thinking that every good Kenyan eg Kioko Wa Kivandi, Oscar Tsimbalaka, Philip Mwangi, Kelvin Simwa, Ngeti Mkaluma, Mohammed Gudson, Felix Kiprotich Kittany, Joel Ochieng’ Owino], Daniel Wafula Majimbo, Muchanja David Muchanja, among others should have guns, but because of political differences and tribal animosity, I withdraw my sentiments. We can kill each other.. Sir, when the US and UK Withdrew their tourists and issued a travel advisory, I thought it was a sabotage, but now I see why we should be keen with ourselves. It seems no one likes kenya anymore apart from Kenyans themselves. The Kenyans love kenya because kenya is interesting to live in
As a nation we ought to address security needs then address security needs. That’s the only way we shall protect our diversity, protect our economy, alleviate poverty, improve food security, enhance political stability and achieve vision 2030, or else itakuwa vision 3020.
Sir, as I conclude, we are at war. Imagine of that person who attacks a police post, imagine of he who attacks a whole village, then that who comes with more superior weaponry that ours? We are at war. You were elected because you are up to task and we can’t allow this hooligans to walk in our country the way the want and kill whoever they want. Where is the beautiful kenya of HAKUNA MATATA? Return me to those beautiful days where I feared not the thugs but the law.
Now as we mourn the loss of our brothers at the Lamu coast, let us reflect how we can make kenya a better place. I am ready to fight for a worth course.
God bless kenya,
Justice be ours shied and defender.
Loyal kenyan

benard madegwa
June 18, 2014 at 7:45 am

i think from the reckless statements our politicians are issuing, it should be the prerogative of the president and only the president to publicly issue security statements

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June 18, 2014 at 8:18 am

I totally agree…about us as Kenyans rethinking of the presence of our KDF in Somalia…Courage does not only involve KDF’s continued fighting in Somalia, it also involves raising the white flag and withdrawing to shift focus on the security need at home.

ANNE SERAH NYAMBURA KARACHI
June 18, 2014 at 8:19 am

I totally agree…about us as Kenyans rethinking of the presence of our KDF in Somalia…Courage does not only involve KDF’s continued fighting in Somalia, it also involves raising the white flag and withdrawing to shift focus to the security need at home.

Steve Omae
June 18, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Dark clouds or terrorism are upon us we need to bump heads and share ideas on how to handle this common issue that goes beyond tribe, race, religion and political orientation. We have identified that security in Kenya has failed with grade E/F. We have also identified the lack of accurate and reliable local and national intelligence. We have also identified that our security forces within our borders are not up to caliber dealing with in-land terrorism. Proposal—->
1. We should introduce a “Terrorism Neighborhood Watch Hotline” give to all residents in each town/district to help provide intelligence when they see something suspicious. This should expand to a National database for intel on terrorism watch Nationwide.
2. We should allocate funds to beef up and or train security/police in each town and with adequate weapons and radio communication including vehicles to make them more mobile to have fast response time whenever some has a distress call, and increase there presence in a local level everywhere,

PLEASE, PLEASE politicians, let’s stop the talk and do the walk and better equip our security/police forces with adequate weapons and more vehicles to patrol our towns and increase response time to avoid another Mpeketoni incident where the attack when on for hours and no security force anywhere???? RESPONSE TIME, RESPONSE TIME, RESPONCE TIME needs to be addressed.

Let’s stop our politics and the blame game and channel that energy to dealing with this terrorism and security situation. We cannot solve Somalia war torn nation overnight of in the next decade, in the name of avoiding terrorism in Kenya by fighting Al shabab, Lets focus on Kenya’s security as priority and pull out our troops from Somali inland and secure our boarders. Kenya is spending Millions and billions of shillings Sending our troops to Somali land, more that could be focus on inland security, beef up individual towns police and security and provide Jobs, jobs jobs and protecting our tourism industries for the better Kenya for tomorrow. We should follow the example of the USA, as they have and are in the process of pulling out troops on endless wars and channel military money spent on endless wars back to the country to improve our infrastructure, hospitals, schools, encourage innovation and in the process jobs will be created. The Gov priorities needs to the re-addressed and BRING KENYA BACK TO LIFE. Our backbone tourism industry is affected and by terrorism, this will cause CHAIN REACTION and affect the economy. BRING OUR TROOPS HOME, secure the borders, protect our people, improve our economy/tourism (SAVE OUR ELEPHANTS), provide jobs. LET’s COME TOGETHER AS A NATION and set our priorities straight. Please share and let’s have a movement of UNITY. #WE WANT OUR KENYA BACK

Theuri Muchiri
June 18, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Very apt; sample this: on Thursday last week I went to the airport to pick up an in-bound visitor and believe it or not,one the cops at the entrance(5 huddled together-it was not busy) asked me nonchalantly , ” boot iko sawa?” I said “iko sawa” and was waved on! No check. I shared this with a few others once in the terminal and it was the same story all round. A private security guard overheard the conversation and called over a seemingly top cop doing the rounds. The latter was ‘shocked’ and promised some “action”.
The biggest problem we have is dire lack of a sense of responsibility no matter the bombastic talk on camera.There is no follow up and it’s business as usual once the cameras are gone.

Abdul Mombasa.
June 19, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Kenya is bleeding and we need more than ever, reassurance of our safety.

Security is not only for the rich, we also pay taxes, lots of taxes.

It is evident tribalism will not take us anywhere, we need to stand as one.

If we have no business in Somalia, what are we doing there? is there a hidden agenda?

The president needs to take action NOW, start firing these people and it will surely set an example to the rest.

I pray to God the Almighty to give us peace. Ameen.

Axel Huizinga
June 20, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Hi Peter,
sure we need to do more to improve security in Kenya but please remember that there has been abduction and killing of tourist on Kenyan ground before the intervention. You cannot trust these bad boys to behave if KDF would withdraw now. Instead I would suggest to ask AU and the international community to replace each Kenyan fighter in Somalia with two from other nations. After that withdrawing would make sense and could be the begin to create KDF rapid deployment force units in every county. We need a broad coalition and citizen rights movement to insist on a real police reform. As it is now people won’t get in touch with them at all which is not helpful for a successful cooperation in order to overcome the challenge the criminals pose to the peace in Kenya.

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