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Mbidde Roots For Joint EAC Action Over Westgate Attack


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In an exclusive interview with Chimp Corp, Nixon Segawa, Mbidde on Tuesday said the attack on Westgate Mall in Kenya that left at least 62 people dead is regrettable and this demands a heavy response from EALA.

“It is extremely important now and we need expert opinion on what exactly is the problem leading to increased terrorism in the community,” Mbidde demanded.

Mbidde also cautioned the Heads of State summit to quickly expedite the implementation of the joint protocol on peace and security of the EAC member states.

“They should first relax their membership to other customs territories like SADAC, IGAD and concentrate their efforts on the East African Community soil to approve and implement the joint protocol on peace and security,” he advised.

He added that the EAC member state should also improve on specialized training on anti-terrorism activities for purposes of the improving the joint police structure that was established under the protocol.

Mbidde said East Africa is now extremely fragile and the security systems are not up to date which can always be intercepted by terrorism activities; “security is only around presidents and what is called security is only restrictions to free movement which is a wrong interpretation of security.”

Mbidde has called upon East Africans to quickly rethink the methods of solving security and governance problems within the community.

“Sometimes governance problems cannot be simply and merely solved by war because war defeats the weak and the weak end up picking arms and you can’t tell the havoc that can be caused by them,” he added.

In a related development, Police today denied reports that it had deployed its officers in Kenya to help in the rescue operations and investigation into the terrorist attack at the Westgate Shopping Mall.

“While we maintain a healthy relationship with our Kenyan counterparts, and are ready to assist whenever called upon, we have not, in this instance, sent or deployed any of our officers to Nairobi,” said Deputy Police publicist, Patrick Onyango.

“We are monitoring the situation closely, through our Liaison Office in Nairobi, and the Inspector-General of Police is in contact with his counterpart, on a regular basis,” he added.

“We call upon the public to continue exercising vigilance, and report to Police any suspicious activity or person in their communities, or other place.”


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