Gen Karangi defends Kenyan soldiers against theft accusations

By Henry D Gombya

Gen Joseph Karangi, the commander of the Kenya Defence Forces who has risked his post by denying KDF soldiers looted Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi when it was under attack by Somali insurgents.
Gen Joseph Karangi, the commander of the Kenya Defence Forces who has risked his post by denying KDF soldiers looted Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi when it was under attack by Somali insurgents, despite video evidence to the contrary.

The head of Kenya’s armed forces, Gen Julius Karangi has astounded the world by claiming that Kenyan soldiers sent to the Nairobi Westgate Mall to confront armed terrorists who were randomly killing shoppers, did not take part in any looting of the Mall as CCTV video footage has led the world to believe.

Answering questions put to him by a Kenyan joint committee on National Security and Defence, which is meeting behind closed doors. Gen Karangi had the courage to say that instead of what the world has come to believe that his soldiers spent four days confronting a bunch of Somali terrorists while at the same time helping themselves to ‘goodies’ in the mall, they had ‘only taken water from the supermarkets to quench their thirst’.

Shortly after the siege by Al-Shabaab terrorists at the Mall, shop owners in the mall showed journalists empty shelves where expensive goodies like jewellery, the latest mobile phones and other goods had obviously been swept off the shelves. Just a few days ago, more video footage was shown clearly showing Kenyan soldiers walking out of the mall with ‘bags of loot’ said by observers to have been goods taken off the shelves of the shops within the mall. Not a single soldier is shown in the footage holding a bottle of water to ‘quench his thirst’ after a gruelling four days ‘fighting the Al Shabaab’. And it is unthinkable that any member of the public would have gone inside the mall during that time to sweep the shelves clean as the army was fighting the insurgents.

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