Security agencies failed in the face of Westgate Mall attack

Smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi on September 23, 2013. The Westgate Shopping Mall attack last September in which 67 people were killed resulted from a catastrophic and systemic failure by Kenya’s security agencies, analysts believe. AFP FILE PHOTO |

What you need to know:

  • The government believes that the planning for the logistics of the attack took place at the Kakuma refugee camp.
  • The National Intelligence Service has taken the main force of the criticism for failing to infiltrate the plotters and prevent the attack.
  • In conversations with government officials briefed on security, the technocrats don’t seem to have faith in the politicians’ willingness to reform the security systems and take the measures necessary to secure the country.
  • After public pressure, President Kenyatta last September promised a judicial commission of inquiry into the Westgate attack, whose formation is still awaited.

The Westgate Shopping Mall attack last September in which 67 people were killed resulted from a catastrophic and systemic failure by Kenya’s security agencies, analysts believe.

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