by Chris Mgidu NAIROBI
(Xinhua) -- A Kenyan court on Wednesday
jailed three convicts for abetting the Garissa University terror
attack where 148 people, mainly students, were killed and
several others injured in April 2015.
magistrate Francis Andayi sentenced Mohammed Abdi Abdikar and
Hassan Edin Hassan to 41 years in prison while Rashid Mberesero
was handed a life imprisonment for his involvement in the terror
Andayi said Abdikar and Hassan were found to be remorseful
and were not found at the scene of crime after being arrested at
different places in Garissa and Mandera in northeast Kenya,
while Mberesero who was found at the scene of crime had
indicated he was going to join al-Shabab in Somalia.
Andayi said evidence against Abdikar and Hassan does not make
them as principal offenders but secondary offenders and thus
sentenced them to 41 years.
On April 2, 2015, armed al-Shabab gunmen stormed Garissa
University and shot indiscriminately, killing 148 people, among
them students and security officers and injuring 79.
Kenya has been rocked by a series of terror attacks by al-Shabab
since 2011 when its troops joined a UN-backed security force
that is seeking to tackle the al-Qaida affiliate in Somalia.
Kenya and the United
Nations to host regional conference on counter-terrorism
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya and the United Nations
(UN) will host a two-day regional conference on
counter-terrorism at the United Nations Office in Nairobi during
July 10-11 to seek ways of eliminating the threats from the
The African Regional High-Level Conference on
Counter-Terrorism and the Prevention of Violent Extremism
Conducive to Terrorism will bring together heads of government
and ministers of interior, security and foreign affairs, the UN
said on Wednesday.
The conference will also be attended by the UN
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as well as heads of
counter-terrorism agencies, in addition to international
organizations, civil society and leading think tanks to address
the terrorism threats faced by African countries.
According to the event organizers, the counter-terrorism
conference will enable African leaders to share good practices
in countering terrorism.
Kenya has been blaming al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants
and their sympathizers residing in the country for attacks in
the country in recent years especially in Nairobi, Mombasa and
African officials urge
enhanced fight against graft in police service
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
African countries should intensify the fight
against graft within the police service to boost its integrity
and ability to serve the public, officials said on Wednesday.
Noordin Haji, director of Public Prosecution of Kenya, said
corruption was a big threat to achieving police accountability
and democratic governance, hence the need to root it out.
"Fighting corruption within government institutions is
crucial in enhancing accountability within the police force and
enhancing proper governance," Haji said during the International
Conference on Police Accountability in Africa taking place in
Haji said that holding police accountable was crucial to
enhance provision of security, welfare, rights and citizen’s
"In order to achieve effective accountability, oversight
institutions and processes are necessary for the
institutionalization of democratic policing culture and
practices," said Haji.
Charles Owino, Kenya Police Spokesman, called on the members
of public to cooperate with the police to help them realize
their mandate of offering security.
"To discharge the mandate, the police are vested with the
powers of surveillance, arrest, investigation, seizure and
interrogation. Members of the public need to come on board to
provide the vital information to the officers to help them
realize this important mandate," said Owino.
"Police agencies are an integral part of the state and the
only means by which the coercive powers of the government are
exercised," he added.
Owino said that for a long time the public had not
appreciated the importance of police accountability and the role
they play in promoting human rights.
"We must not underestimate the importance of our police
officers. A primary mandate of the police is to protect the
life, property, dignity, rights and freedoms of citizens from
violations. We need to appreciate what they do," said Owino.
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On April 02, 2015, gunmen stormed Garissa University College
in Garissa, Kenya, killing 148 people, and injuring 79 or