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President Uhuru Kenyatta's Address to the Nation at the Conclusion of the Counter-terrorism Operation at Westagate Mall

President Uhuru Kenyatta's Address to the Nation at the Conclusion of the Counter-terrorism Operation at Westagate Mall

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President Uhuru Kenyatta's Address to the Nation at the Conclusion of the Counter-terrorism Operation at Westagate Mall
President Uhuru Kenyatta's Address to the Nation at the Conclusion of the Counter-terrorism Operation at Westagate Mall

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ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H., PRESIDENT ANDCOMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYAAT THE CONCLUSION OF THE COUNTER-TERRORISM OPERATION ATWESTAGATE MALL, 24
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SEPTEMBER 2013
Fellow Kenyans and Friends of Kenya, the operation is now over.Fellow Kenyans,Last weekend, terrorists alighted in Nairobi and unleashed unspeakable andunforgivable atrocity on Kenyans and our visitors.The agents of Terror themselves craven wretches and lowly cowards had the agendaof perpetrating grievous mayhem in our country, senselessly killing, maiming andtraumatizing harmless, innocent people.We confronted this evil without flinching, contained our deep grief and pain, andconquered it. As a nation, our head is bloodied, but unbowed. The criminals found usunafraid, as we ever shall be.We cannot be conquered. Our confrontation with theterrorists at Westgate Mall left 240 casualties.I report with great sadness that 61 civilians lost their lives in the attack.6 Security officers also made the ultimate sacrifice to defeat the criminals.Forensic teams are still at work at the scene of the tragedy and will put together afinal report.Towards the tail end of the operation three floors of the Westgate Mall collapsedand there are several bodies still trapped in the rubble including the terrorists'.Starting tomorrow, I have instructed the Interior Ministry to keep Kenyans informedof the progress of the forensic investigations.Of the injured, 62 were operated on and remain hospitalized. Many others sufferednon- physical trauma and shock and are receiving counseling at various facilitiesthroughout the city.It has not been an easy time for anyone of us, least of all the affected.Our losses are immense.To honour the memory of those who lost their lives in thisattack, I have declared 3 days of National Mourning starting tomorrow, during whichofficial flags will fly at half-mast throughout the country.Ladies and Gentlemen, As I had vowed earlier, we have ashamed and defeated ourattackers.That part of our task has been completed by our multi-agency security team. 5terrorists were killed with gunfire.11 suspects are in custody in connection with theattack . Intelligence reports had suggested that a British woman and two or threeAmerican citizens may have been involved in the attack. We cannot confirm the
 
details at present. Forensic experts are working to ascertain the nationalities of theterrorists.I promised that we shall have full accountability for the mindless destruction, deaths,pain, loss and suffering we have all undergone as a national family.These cowards will meet justice, as will their accomplices and patrons, wherever theyare.Fellow Kenyans,Friends of Kenya, Our solidarity, patience and resolve has seen us through the worstof this crisis. It is to you that I turned, for strength, love and aid to those afflicted bythis encounter with the forces of evil. You came out in ways that exceeded thewildest expectations.You have been generous, compassionate and patriotic. I am deeply moved and veryproud to be your President.To the survivors of that terrible ordeal, the entire nation has waited anxiously for yoursafe deliverance, and we are all relieved to see you.Fellow Kenyans,The response of the people throughout the country has been nothing short of wonderful.I have always known that our country is a splendid nation of fine, patriotic citizens.The unity, selflessness and empathy shown to the affected over the last three dayshas been touching and exemplary.We could not, in all fairness, ask more of you, and yet the revelation of your nobilitycontinues to amaze.Without a task force, organizing committee or chain of command, you have risen upas one and stood firmly with your country, your brothers and sisters.You have raised more than 60 million shillings through mobile money to help theaffected.You have also donated food, clothing and other supplies, not only for the afflicted,but also to keep the volunteers going.You have gifted fellow Kenyans, and our visitors blood, without pausing to considerwhether they were Giriama, Dasanach, Turkana, Kuria or Embu, West African,Pakistani, British or German.Your response to appeals for blood donations has been literally overwhelming. Thereis, evidently, no limit to your patriotic sacrifice.
 
I am humbled and encouraged. Thank you all for your patience and understanding inthe anxious moments when we waited for this nightmare to end.My Brothers and Sisters, I thank the doctors, nurses, counselors and other volunteerswho thought nothing of their comforts and personal engagements when called uponto be their brother's keepers.We have all been touched by your selflessness. I appreciate the excellent work of oursecurity forces. The dedication and professionalism of the valiant officers incontaining a delicate and dangerous situation has made Kenyans proud. You continueto exemplify our national values in action.No one among us take for granted the fact that every time you accost evildoers, youput your life on the line for our sake. For this reason, I stand here to pay a specialtribute to our security forces.I salute national leaders of every stripe who stood together to reassure the nationthat deep inside, where it counts most, we are one, indivisible national family.For sharing the nation's pain and anxiety, and for reaffirming the core principles of leadership, you have encouraged the nation.Let no one amongst us ever be blamed for dividing the people of Kenya.Friends of Kenya,Terrorism is a global problem that requires global solutions. Kenya will stand with ourfriends in tackling terrorism and I ask our friends to stand with us.Our many friends throughout the world came through with moral support and offersof various forms of ssistance.This solidarity has encouraged us immensely, and we will never forget your brotherlyconcern for our wellbeing.My brothers President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, PaulKagame of Rwanda, Salva Kiir of Southern Sudan and Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundihave called daily to encourage us.Other African and global leaders, including presidents Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria,Jacob Zuma of South Africa, and Hailemariam Desalegne, Prime Minister of Ethiopia,as well as United States president Barack Obama, the prime ministers of Israel andBritain have also expressed their sympathies and best wishes.The people of Kenya thank you.The operation to contain terrorists, pacify andstabilize our region and continent continues, and there will be opportunity toconsult and cooperate in future.My People, Our Friends, The majority of the people who lost their lives to theterrorist attack were innocent, harmless civilians. They were people of various

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Condolences to the families of our brave soldiers & policemen.RIP
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The president's words are very encouraging. we remain one in all this. just one more thing. The Prime minister of Canada was forgotten. no pun though we appreciate him too.
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