Kenyan President meets security chiefs over Terror like Blast in Nairobi
Nairobi (Alshahid) –Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki has called an emergence meeting on Monday with top government officers and senior security chiefs to deliberate on Sunday’s blast that targeted a crowd of Christians campaigning against the proposed constitution, killing six people and injuring over 100 others.
Initial police reports suggested that a grenade could have been hurled into the crowd by assailants whose motive and identity is yet to be established.
Two explosions in a succession of less than 20 minutes caused a fatal stampede at a ‘No’ rally in Nairobi’s Uhuru Park at a time when a Nairobi preacher was conducting closing prayers at 6.30 pm local time.
An eye witness told Alshahid that after the first blast which instantly killed a man seated a few metres from him, the few security men present started moving people away from the place only for another explosion to follow with more fatal force.
Speaking at the National Security Committee meeting at State House, Nairobi, and the visibly annoyed president condemned those behind the crime against innocent Kenyans.
Kibaki has instructed all relevant security and other government agencies to move with speed and establish the circumstances that led to Sunday’s blast at Uhuru Park which occasioned deaths and injuries.
The President sent his condolences to families and friends of those who lost their loved ones and wished those who suffered injuries quick recovery.
He appealed for calm as the government seeks to get to the bottom of the heinous crime against the Kenyan people.
The security meeting was also attended by the Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka who visited victims at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) on Sunday night said,”We want to get to the bottom of this matter. We are appealing for calm from all Kenyans as police investigate the matter.”
Mr. Musyoka called for tolerant during this campaign period ahead of August 4 referendum and sent condolence messages to the bereaved families and wished those still hospitalized a quick recovery.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who also visited the casualities at Kenyatta National Hospital, is scheduled to visit Uhuru Park, the scene of the heinous act, where he will issue a statement.
Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has already opened a Tracing Desk where relatives and friends have recorded names of missing persons.
KRCS Communications Manager Titus Mung’ou said in a statement that by Sunday midnight those recorded as missing were positively identified, however he added that they were handling six pending cases of persons reported as missing.
Mung’ou said relatives and friends can visit the KRCS Tracing Desk at Kenyatta National Hospital to confirm or report any missing persons.
Hospitals sources said they received 112 patients, 91 were treated and discharged while 21 others are admitted at the health facility in stable condition.
The scene of the tragedy has been cordoned off and Paramilitary police are combing through the park for clues.
The peaceful and extremely large rally was attended by religious leaders and politicians including Higher Education Minister William Ruto opposed to the draft law.