The President made a statement yesterday to the effect that the perpetrators of the massacres in Mpeketoni were not Al Shaabab. He declared that the attacks were politically orchestrated and blamed what he termed as heightened political rhetoric of leaders and local political networks who were involved in the planning and execution of the killings.
This statement was unfortunate and unjustified for several reasons. More importantly it is likely to compromise the investigations to be conducted to determine and establish the masterminds behind these brutal attacks. It may be a case of a rush to judgment.
The President’s statement ignores the position taken by other countries and experts that the Al Shabaab were indeed responsible for these attacks and that Al Shabaab never claims responsibility for attacks it has not carried out.
It also defeats logic that NIS had information on the attacks which suggests that there was knowledge of…

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