I take this moment to pass my condolescence to the Westgate bereaved and the injured. It was not their plans to perish in the grisly situation and like its now, it’s everyone consent that the whole nation is in stigma. For the 100 or so hours that terrorist brought everything to a standstill at the mall is still a myth whom am yet to decide who will crack it. That weekend is by far the darkest this year and it will remain embedded in the Kenyans minds for eternity.
I had awaken up that morning and my lecture mate who we were fond off together, George Buluma came and told me of something that also to him was not clear, “ I hear that there are robbers at the Westgate mall.” So what was I, to do with the robbers? I thought that that was simply the work of the police to have them. Least did I know that the devil himself had visited Kenya. We had our breakfast and George was quick to move back to his room c203 at the chiromo hostels, university of Nairobi.
Still at three in the afternoon, I could not believe my eyes by what I was seeing as the news headline. WESTGATE MALL UNDER ATTACK. TEN CONFIRMED DEAD. REDCROSS ON THE GROUND UNDERTAKING RESCUE OPERATION POLICE OFFICER TAKING THE SECURITY OPERATIOS. I remained still, dumb founded. I was lost for words, my mouth tasted salty. Was it the lunch meal that I had taken? Of course that couldn’t be the one.
Everyone in the TV hall was left with no words. A temporary incapacitation had now taken the better part of my colleagues. Everyone was busy meditating; more so, like a king whose subjects had been wiped by an invading army. Facebook, twitter and the sms services offered by most communication system on the country were the sudden must- to- do-or-better-thing-to-do. I was too carried in this disbelief and confusion.
So there was this information, Ruhila Adatia page. ‘R.I.P RUHILA’. This was in Facebook, what a great loss this meant to Radio Africa and the Kenyans at large. It was later that we realized that she was hosting an event on the upper storeys of the mall, too were kids participating in the event and also others mentors of his caliber. She was no more; she was gone, gone forever. I was like let this be the last sad news I am going to collect from this social media. The hall was now packed to capacity and I excused myself and I quickly went to my home. Looking into the mirror to confirm that I was still the one, in fact, I wanted to confirm that I was not day dreaming. The reality of it made my heart heavy like lead. My eyes were red, had bulged out as if they wanted to go and do something. But what could they afford to do?
Staying in the room became a luxury which I would no longer afford to pay for. I was left pondering what to do. I was like an old granny who was busy searching for the same keys she held in her hands. The final destination was to the hall again. I convinced myself to follow the updates till I had the full information of what was going in at the mall. On returning back, the headline was, ‘RESCUE MISSION UNDERWAY. PUBLIC ORDERED TO KEEP AWAY. THIS WAS SIMPLY A POLICE CASE.’ But could expectant on lookers wait to see this information from the news, they all wanted to see live from themselves. But the big worry was that were they security agents. Would they kill the terrorist with stones? Would they curse them? Even if they did that, would they bring the whole escapade into control? Could they be doing something right or wrong?
The choosing of the Westgate mall as the ambushing point was as carefully chosen as the mall is famous and highly associated with wealthy Kenyans and expatriates and would usually be an artificial hive with human beings acting at the same capacity of the workers bees. One witness claimed that the attackers were speaking Arabic, some shoppers executed by the gunmen who were masked and dressed in black. This was vividly on Saturday, 21. As if to add salt to an injury, the Somali’s linked Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels claimed responsibility. They shamelessly did say this and supporting their cowardice activity by pointing out it was retaliation for Kenya’s military intervention in Somali? Before I even proceed further, I think it the one who orchestrated that. How many times had they crossed into our borders and hijacked Kenyans or did other unorthodox activities. Who don’t know of all those MV … ships that they had hijacked? Were we fools to swallow their goonies activity at the expense of our peace?
The answer is obvious, if they could not style up and keep peace amongst themselves, we would forcedly instill human hearts into them. Let them also know that we are not going to retaliate. The Kenyan spirit is so molten compact that unless we would break it apart ourselves, no intruder have the capacity to even glitter a realm of any collapse. If they are in doubt, anyone can help them Google the overall solidarity showed by some peace loving Kenyan. They contributed abundantly.
Again this was Sunday, 22. Canada announced that two of its citizen, including a diplomat had been killed. Worldwide agencies were busily condemning the activity including the United Nations. Also among those confirmed dead are renowned Ghanaian poet and statesman’s Kofi Awoonor, 78, is killed as vividly reported by the Ghanaian president? British Prime Minister David Cameron said that three Britons had lost their lives. Al Shabaab, just know your days are numbered and you are on the 39th day. So it’s only one event to reach your peak marks. You will perish like Goliath. If I were you I would have long embraced peace.
The gunmen had some hostages in their hideouts inside the mall. They were carried by a Dunkirk spirit. Wish they had empathy; they would not have done this. Why wouldn’t they fight the KDF in their borders? This was just a vivid conclusion of their packed to capacity cowardice. We highly condemn you guys. Monday beckoned and they were not even willing to let even a single hostage escaped. That made them feels heroes. Gosh! That is highly Stone Age like? It was here that the ICC excused Kenyan vice president from his trial on charges against humanity. It’s when the government takes full control of the building that things looked settled but yet undone.
I may not lead you guys in condemning our security forces for the lacked of proper scrutiny. It has been said that terrorism is a universal threat which must combated by the all and sundry. What have we the general public has to do? Aren’t we the ones living with the terrorist? Supposing if everyone co-operated with the security forces, then nobody would feel encouraged to come into our immediate neighborhood. We have to remain vigil and inasmuch as possible let us be our brother’s keeper.
I must also wish to convey the message by the presidential candidate who was not lucky enough to ganner for himself the required votes to clinch the presidency. Comical as he is, Mr. Dida, stills brings a crucial point in a jokingly way.” Kenyans forget easily”. That is very as regards this contest. What did we do? Was it good for us to visit the scene while the government was busily saying citizens to remain in their homes or carry on with their daily activities? Must we run to a bomb explosion when one occurs? Are we really helping anything or are we jeopardizing our life? Of course it is obvious; we are doing the right things at the wrong occasions.
Before I call it a day, I would also like to comment the news anchor for their commendable work that they did. But there is some training these guys might have lucked. This I say since there was these certain philanthropic KTN news lady who was lucky to go unhurt. There were gun shoots and while everyone was taking cover, she confidently lay down on the open and was like saying, “we are taking cover”. Brave she was and highly philanthropic but we actually need to be taught on taking on the cover ups as required militarily.
TO GOD BE THE GLORRY TO THE DEPARTED LIVES. MAY GOD REST YOUR SOULS IN ETERNAL PEACE?