SAFIS STATEMENT ON THE KENYAN WESTGATE MALL TERRORIST ATTACK 23 SEPTEMBER 2013

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The South Africa Forum for International Solidarity (SAFIS) joins other progressive movements on the continent in expressing grave concern by the recent development in Kenya; SAFIS strongly condemns the acts of terrorism perpetrated in the Kenyan Westgate Mall to innocent people. These barbaric attacks have taken the lives of more than 60 people and left more than 200 wounded.

 

SAFIS is calling on the regional and Continental leaders to strengthen Terrorism Acts Early Warning Mechanisms so as to reinforce the protection of the people of our continent. It is very sad to notice that some heartless groups of people can just decide to act in a savage manner without any human remorse, stated Sipho Theys SAFIS Coordinator.

 

These barbaric acts cannot be tolerated on the Continent since the African Union has put in place some legal instruments for prevention and combating terrorism, says Médard Abenge. This mechanism was in response of the bombing and killing of more than 240 African people and several thousand injured in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salam in 1998.

 

Out of 54 AU member States, only 14 have ratified the AU Protocol on Prevention and Combating Terrorism. Kenya is among the State parties that signed this Panafrican legal instrument in 2008 but has not yet ratified it, informed Corlett Letlojane. We therefore urge the Kenyan Government to ratify this Protocol and implement it without any further delay. At the same time all other African Countries that have not yet signed or ratified this regional mechanism should do so without anymore delay.

 

Issued in Johannesburg on behalf of SAFIS on 23rd September 2013

 

For more information, contact:

Sipho Theys: sipho@safis.org.za, 082 500 0811