December 21, 2014

Kenyan security organs knew of attack in advance, claims Nairobi senator Mike Sonko

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Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko sensationally told the Senate that security organs and intelligence officers were aware of an impending attack on key areas in Nairobi, including the Westgate Mall.

Sonko claimed that he had helped two women of either Asian or Arabic origin to offer information to police on Al-Shabaab militiamen who were targeting sections of Nairobi. He gave the revelations as the Senate took time off its business to discuss the terror attack on the mall.

He said the women had approached him three months ago with information to the effect that the gang, which had rented a house in Parklands and Westlands, were planning a major attack.

“They mentioned Westgate Mall, Village Market, Parliament and the Kenyatta International Conference Centre as their targets,” claimed Sonko.

The Motion was moved by Leader of Majority Kithure Kindiki, who termed the attack a national disaster.

Attacking members of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), Sonko told the House that after getting the information from the two women, he assisted them to recordtheir statements with the police and the intelligence officers for further investigations.

He said the two women were initially living with the gang in the rented houses but had escaped after being showed the items that the suspects were preparing for the attack.

Though the Senator declined to give the exact details that the two women gave thepolice, he said that he was ready to record a statement to that effect.

“I know I will shock many people here. These people have remained in this area planning the attack for about three months and despite the investigators getting that information they could not quell the attack,” said Sonko.

The senators faulted the country’s intelligence services even as they hailed the security organs over the manner in which they had handled the attack.

“Instead of the intelligence officers keeping busy tapping our mobile phones, NIS should be employing that vigour towards arresting crime,” said Minority Deputy Whip Janet Ong’era.

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi hailed Kenyans over their strong spirit during the tragedy. - The Standard

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6 Responses to “Kenyan security organs knew of attack in advance, claims Nairobi senator Mike Sonko”
  1. Elle Wambui says:

    Everyone has a theory and us Kenyans, we love rumors. Rumors will fly fast and furious on this one. Like 9/11, the notion that the attack on Westgate was nothing more and nothing less than a heartless, senseless act by thoughtless, ruthless criminals with no sense of right and wrong and no respect for the sanctity of human life might seem too simple, and possibly too scary for some.

  2. Thank you Visa Oshawal family for your hospitality during this difficult time of terror attack.Thank you Kenyans for the spirit of oneness

  3. Kenyans,the security of our nation is for us all.report any suspicious elements and get to know your next door neighbor

  4. And then what next? A pitty indeed that a whole senator risks his life with terror women turned good samaritans to divulge such information only for the security organs to down play it and it is bussiness as usual even with what came to pass regarding the same. We are asked to report what we may suspect as unusual with regard to our security to the relevant authorities. If indeed Senator Sonko did so tyhen it seems much was not done. Then where do you the ordinary kenyan stand with what you may know? Just like any other kenyan, alot of questions deserve answers. Kimaiyo, Gichangi and the rest of the top security bosses nust answer.

  5. Too bad. Only God knows what is in store for us in the next four years.

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