The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) sitting in Arusha, Tanzania, has expressed its solidarity with Kenya following an Al Shabaab terrorist attack that killed its troops in Somalia last week. At a news conference on Monday, EALA Speaker Daniel F. Kidega said, EALA would like to see the East African Community (EAC) find permanent solution to “the despicable acts of terrorism.”
Before commencing the media briefing, lawmakers stood and observed a moment of silence in memory of the fallen members of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and Somali civilians killed at a Mogadishu beach hotel: “We condemn in the strongest terms possible, the recent attacks by Al Shabaab terrorists. On behalf of the Assembly and on my own behalf, I wish to express solidarity with the families of the deceased, missing and injured KDF soldiers,” Kidega said.
“The Assembly also urges the International community to equally stand with Kenya and Somalia to fight against these evil forces. It should be remembered that the Republic of Kenya is yet to recover from the effects of last year’s attack by the Al-Shabaab on Garissa University.” At least 147 people, mostly students, were killed in an attack by Al-Shabaab militants on the university in north-eastern Kenya. Over 80 other people were injured in the attack.
During the two-week sitting, EALA will also consider other issues, including committee reports arising from various petitions forwarded to the Assembly. Petitions are one of the ways by which the Assembly enhances collaboration with regional citizens. Over the last few months, the Assembly received several petitions from various EAC stakeholders.