The recently televised history about barring Somali individuals from boarding public transport to Nairobi Town by the public, growing negative public perception that Kenyan Somalis or entire Somalis are terrorists or aliens to Kenya and ongoing hate speeches in the social media begs question on whether jubilee government has failed its own Somali people.
There is more to the current “security operation” than meets the eye. Granted, Kenya is clearly suffering heinous terror attacks.
They must be stopped, and soon. And they better be stopped using the law, rather than outside of it, or we will be all the worse for it.
All the attacks have been swiftly attributed by the police — that inefficient, corrupt and unreliable force — to Al-Shabaab. And many of us have swallowed the police line, even though we consistently rate the police as the most untrusted and corrupt institution in Kenya.
One of the most potent intoxicants in Africa today is the canned phrase “African solutions for African problems”.
While “ASAP” is an acronym that connotes a timely and efficient result, most if not all, operations that are veiled with the romantic motto, have proven that they are not indigenously conceived, funded or driven.
It is early Monday morning and I am standing on the western gate of the dilapidated peoples’ house which still serves as a headquarters for Somalia’s raucous parliament and as usual in this time of the year the sun is beating down.
Listen After eight years living in Kenya, Ifrah Osman decided to go home to Somalia, the country she fled in 2006 as the long-running war worsened. In the last few years security has improved in Mogadishu, and some have found hope and opportunity here — but that’s not why Osman went home. She left Kenya […]
Listen In Eastleigh, a mostly Somali area of Nairobi, residents say they constantly look over their shoulders when entering grocery stores, to make sure no security agents are following them. Some families have locked themselves up in their homes, and children rush to alert their parents whenever they see a policeman passing by. Some say […]
Listen They call them Ciyaalka Badda or children from the sea. This phrase is used when referring to the young Somali refugees who come by boat from North Africa. The expressions of the eight young Somali men leaning against the wall outside Termini station tell a complex story. They are caught in the midst of […]
A few weeks ago as the AMISOM troops announced to the world that they had recaptured many former AlShabaab controlled cities and regions in Somalia such as Bulo Bude and Qoryooley their mood was evidently self-congratulatory. Somali Ministers heaped praise on them and triumphant and moving images of AMISOM patrols in these newly recaptured areas were projected to the world. The Somali people, while quietly relieved, were more sceptical and could only manage a nervous smile at best.
After a spate of grenade attacks in Nairobi, the coastal region and the Somali-inhabited North Eastern province, the Kenyan government has launched a massive crackdown on ethnic Somalis. More than 4,000 people, mostly Somali refugees, have been arrested since Kenya launched Operation Usalama Watch on April 2, ostensibly in response to the deteriorating domestic security situation.
Listen As the combined forces of the Somali national Army and AMISOM are taking armed offensives to the last remaining strategic holdouts of Alshabab, a political storm is raging in most regions recently recovered from the grip of Alshabab forces-from the Jubba regions in the southern most area of Somalia, to Bay, Bakool, Lower Shabelle, […]