- The president said the country’s security forces are conducting a multi-agency response to the attack and have secured Westgate Mall. The security agencies will also be decisive in their response to any threats, he added.
President Uhuru Kenyatta lost close family members in Saturday’s Westgate mall terror attack.
The President’s relatives were among 59 innocent Kenyans who died and another 150 injured during the attack.
In a televised address to the nation, the President said, “I know how you feel, having also personally lost very close family members. I ask God to give all of us comfort as we confront this tragedy.”
He saluted the volunteer’s conscientious and selfless acts of solidarity in response to the terrorist attack saying the courage and sympathy saved lives and reassured countless people.
He added, “The way we lead our lives; in freedom, openness, unity and consideration for each other represents our victory over all those who wish us ill. We are as brave and invincible as the lions on our Coat of Arms.”
The President urged Kenyans to volunteer any relevant information on the attack to the authorities for action.
“Let us ashame the Devil and his works by demonstrating our timeless values of love, compassion and solidarity.” He added.
President Kenyatta assured that the perpetrators will be hunted down wherever they escaped to and punished for the heinous crime.
He reaffirmed his Government’s commitment to defend the nation from internal as well as external aggressors.