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AU Condemns Mpeketoni Bloodbath

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visit this geneva;”>She reiterated AU’s solidarity with the Government and people of Kenya, and its support to the efforts of the Kenyan Government to combat the scourge of terrorism.

The Chairperson of the Commission emphasized that “this horrendous attack is yet another testimony to the menace posed by Al-Shabaab and other terrorist groups to peace, security and development on the continent.”

She stressed that Al-Shabaab is not only the enemy of the Somali and Kenyan peoples, but also an enemy of humanity and all principles of peace and tolerance that Africa is striving for.

Describing a section of local politicians as ‘hate-mongers,’ Kenyatta rubbished claims the carnage in Lamu in which 50 people were brutally gunned down and buildings set ablaze by militants was a terrorist attack.

Kenyatta said the attack “was well planned, orchestrated, and politically motivated ethnic violence against a Kenyan community, with the intention of profiling and evicting them for political reasons. This therefore, was not an Al Shabaab terrorist attack.”

CORD leader, Raila Odinga on Monday denied any role in the Mpeketoni attacks, saying his political activities are geared towards seeking national dialogue on challenges faced by the country.

“When did we ever say that we wanted to overthrow the government? By calling for dialogue, that does not mean that we want to overthrow the government,” the former Vice President was quoted as saying on Monday. “We have only said let us sit down and reason together as Kenyans and instead of the government responding to a genuine call, they are coming up with all sorts of excuses.”

But the Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku said the role of politicians cannot be overlooked in the investigation into the killings.

AU OUTRAGE

Nkosazana commended the Government and people of Kenya, as well as all other troops and police contributing countries to the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for their unwavering commitment to support their Somali brethren in combating terrorism, restoring the rule of law and rebuilding their state institutions.

She reiterated AU’s strong rejection of all forms of terrorism and extremism, and emphasized that the “only way to eliminate this menace is through collective, concrete and coordinated action by all Member States. “

In this regard, Nkosazana recalled that the AU counter-terrorism instruments provide an ideal cooperative framework for the prevention and combating of terrorism and appealed to Member States to fully implement the provisions contained therein.

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