By Henry D Gombya
We are getting news that hundreds of Somalis who had sought refuge in Kenya have been rounded up and some of them deported as the country tries to stem the flow of Al Shabaab militants who have in the past staged deadly attacks in the Kenyan capital Nairobi and Mombasa as well as in neighbouring Uganda.
Kenya as well as neighbouring Uganda have for many years been home to Somalis fleeing the troubles of their country and many have not only stayed and become citizens, they are indeed serving in various government bodies, especially in Kenya. Somalia’s ambassador to Kenya confirmed to Reuters that at least 82 Somali refugees had by this evening been deported back to Somalia. Many of the asylum seekers had been picked up in shanty towns around Nairobi and taken to police stations and stadiums where many still remain as they are being interrogated.
Al Shabaab shocked the world last year when its gunmen staged a daring attack on a shopping mall in the centre of Nairobi on September 21, 2013 and shot dead in cold blood at least 67 people. Two years earlier in Eastleigh, a Nairobi city suburb, they killed six people after throwing a hand grenade among a crowd. And during the World Cup in South Africa in July 2010, Al Shabaab militants struck football fans watching the cup final on TV screens in bars and restaurants in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, leaving at least 74 dead and 70 severely injured.