Kenya, Refugees Menace And Terrorism

Andrew Mitchell talks to refugees from Somalia...

Andrew Mitchell talks to refugees from Somalia in Dadaab, Kenya (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nairobi— One thing is clear that Kenya wants her neighbors to enjoy peace and economic stability like she does. For many years, Kenya has been a stable economy in east Africa and this has enabled growth and development in this region.

While other east African states were fighting to control the regions marred by violence, Kenya was the only safe place where the refugees could run to and feel peace for the first time. With hospitality among the people of Kenya, no one questioned how the refugees could behave and the control measures put in place to deal with evil men and women coming into the country. At the end, it was just us Kenyans against people who are either good or those with bad intentions for humanity.

Being a country where humanity came first, it is not that difficult to locate some integrated refugees mingling freely with the general Kenyan population. This is good because some refugees have created employment to locals and others are working closely with the government of Kenya for better good of national building.

However in every river, you do not expect to see fish, but snakes also do survive in water. The result of this saying is that, Kenya has been experiencing violent crimes since Kenya’s incursion in Somalia started, about five years ago.

Some refugees are trigger-happy criminals who do not value lives of other people. I several occasions, Kenya has suffered both major and minor terror attacks for people suspected to be Somalia Islamic militants. In this case, these people crossing into Kenya from the horn of Africa are both genuine refugees and those who have evil agenda— ticking time bomb against peaceful Kenya.

The crackdown on illegal refugees in Nairobi and its environs was meant to drive away terrorists who were enjoying the stay in the country as they plan for next attacks. Even though the government’s, move drew criticism from all channels of humanity, but it came as a success since bombings in Nairobi ended.

In conclusion, Kenya welcomed people without screening them in and out to know what they were up to. However, after learning from past mistakes, she made up her mind to clean up the mess.

Illegal Guns in The Wrong Hands

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Guns 001 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A recent survey has established that there are about 600 guns in the wrong hands here in Kenya. And to avert this situation, there is an ongoing operation to ensure that such firearms are surrendered back to the relevant authorities. But this alone explains why there is rising cases of insecurity in the entire country. With such a large number of illegal firearms, it’s a clear indication that something somewhere is wrong.

The reason for such a quagmire may be due to corruption and even loopholes on our borders. I remember the testimony of a reformed gangster who used to rob people using guns was a representation at how they can at times be very easily acquired by those who need them. According to him, he acquired his gun near the largest refugee camp in Kenya and to bring it back in Nairobi, he dismantled a drum, put the gun inside and then made the drum to its initial form.

Once in the bus, he faked to be a pastor with his spiritual ministerial robe and would even preach to his fellow passengers and so passed all police check points with no suspicions of what he was carrying intact inside the drum.

The above is an example of how guns exchange hands between those who own them and those who need them.

I think the government needs to tighten up things in those areas bordering the country. Then there ought to be measures put in place to allow those involved in the security system to get any intelligence reports of any officials sleeping on their jobs. This will go on in helping to eliminate corruption which has largely been blamed for the rising number of illegal fire arms.

Then something else even us as citizens have a role to play for the sake of our security. This means anyone who has information concern any illegal gun holders, then report to the relevant authorities.

 

Nairobi, Daadab Refugee Camp is Here To Stay!

The Daadab refugee camp will not be closed after all! This has come after the president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, loosened his stand after the meeting with the US Secretary of State, John Kerry. During the meeting, John Kerry acknowledged that it has been a big burden for Kenya to host foreigners for about 25 years and that the US will support the East African country in dealing with the refugee problem.

Daadab refugee camp is the biggest camp in the world, and the UNHCR which runs it was in cross-road with the government of Kenya over the decision that could have seen the Somalia refugee relocated to their country.

Having their say, the refugee who have been in Daadab for one forth of the century said they should be the one to make that decision, whether to go back to their war-torn country or to stay in Kenya. These sentiments were also supported by political analysts who termed the government’s move as cruel to human rights and that Nairobi should think better before implementing that stand.

The government of Kenya has accused Daadab refugees of cohabiting with terrorist who have been targeting innocent Kenyans lately. According to Kenya’s intelligence services, the terrorist have turned the huge refugee as their cell for planning of attacks, financial income for terrorism activities, and the safe heaven for Islamic religious radicalization.

This is not the first time that Kenya has targeted Somalia refugee in fight against terrorism. Some years back, the government rounded up Somalis who did not have proper identities in Nairobi’s Eastleigh and in other nearby towns and booked them in a football stadium before relocating them to Daadab refugee camp. The Muslim community in Kenya was not happy by this move but there was nothing they could have done to reverse the government’s decision.

Now that the president has hinted of letting the refugees stay, hopefully the government has other plans in dealing with insecurity in the country other than targeting people who have nowhere to go.

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