First targets on Kenyans by the al –shabaab sympathizers were real. I believe those assailants were answering to their master’s call for real war on Kenya’s soil. But with arrests and prosecution of some of them, the fear became so real that they went back into their terror cocoons.
It also happened that the country was heading towards general elections. Kenyans by then needed someone who could tame the threat of terrorist on the streets. The man or woman whose positive intentions for Kenya stood out —ready to take on terrorist from in and outside the country. And that is why several presidential candidates had one thing in common. To make Kenya peaceful again.
Several months with the new president in the office, a major terrorism attack on Westgate Shopping Mall left Kenyans doubting the effectiveness of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s as the commander-in-chief of Kenya. It was a test that confirmed that something was seriously wrong with our security system and Kenyans on social media called for the sacking of the interior ministry CS but all fell on deaf ears.
Months after that incident, terrorists attacked a village in coastal Kenya. The government and Kenyans started walking on parallel ways of life. With the opposition being in the fore-front in accusing the government of sleeping on job while innocent Kenyans were being killed.
However, the situation was very tricky for the ruling political alliance. The president and his deputy were being haunted by the ICC cases. The two were accused of being the masterminds in 2007/2008 Post Election Violence that claimed over 1000 lives and over a half a million people displaced.
The circumstances under which Kenyans were paying for their own blood was so tricky! At one point, innocent Kenyans thought the country was being attacked because of KDF involvement in Somalia. At another angle, politics was playing its nasty game on Kenyans— sad that this channel was mostly ignored. And thirdly, someone was looking for an easy way from ICC and terrorism happened to be the perfect way-out.
In conclusion, Kenyans have suffered in the hands of terrorism because of several reasons. We have the genuine security lapse that enabled terrorist to access places where they had no right to. Another reason can be because someone influential in Kenyan politics was helping, paying and offering transportation to terrorists within the country, just to make Kenyans think of a quick solution for the menace. And thirdly, terrorism was a tool to call for international community to act— maybe to force change and sympathy from ICC.
All in all, innocent people always suffer when leadership is in trouble.