It’s a sad day for Kenya as Uhuru pushes blame to victims

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Deputy President William Ruto and Defence Secretary Raychelle Omamo address the nation from State House, after the end of the Westgate Mall siege in September last year. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • In the same speech, the President’s views about insecurity have now also set the stage for blaming the victims of future acts of terrorism for whatever may befall them.
  • While the President’s reaction to the latest terrorist attack is unsatisfactory, the reaction to the previous one, the attack on Mpeketoni, was no better.
  • In his last speech, the President attacked two decades of work against gender violence by resorting to victim-blaming, and also exempted the government from responsibility for security.

The lesson from last week’s slaughter in Mandera is that the categories of barbarism are wide open, and limited only by the imagination of the evil people who commit these crimes.

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