East Africa

Eala: Terrorists using internet to recruit


Following the recent terrorist attack in Garissa University College in Kenya that led to the death of over 140 persons, EALA now wants further intensification of the co-operation by the Partner States.

This will be accompanied by the establishment and ratification of a mechanism to implement decisions in the quest to fight terrorism and to restore peace and security in the region.

A Resolution to this effect was tabled by Hon Jeremie Ngendakumana and unanimously passed on the floor of the House as the House adjourned sine die (indefinitely) on Thursday.

Hon Ngendakumana asserts that terrorism continues to pose a serious threat to regional peace and security, the enjoyment of human rights social and economic development of the Partner States and that they have become more diverse with an increase in terrorist attacks.

The EAC Treaty envisages strong political relations, peace and security as critical factors in creating a conducive environment for regional cooperation and integration.

The Resolution also calls on the Partner States to seal any loopholes and to ensure the suppression of financing of terrorist acts as well as the condemnation of increased use of technology in particular the internet for the purpose of recruitment of the terrorists.

Contributing to the debate, Patricia Hajabakiga called on the Partner States to jointly support each other when such attacks take place.

Hon Emerence Bucumi mourned the passing away of innocent students in Garissa recently as said the loss was too grave.

Hon Susan Nakawuki called for urgent funding to support the fight against terrorism while Hon Nusura Tiperu called on all public and private institutions to beef up security.

Garissa University College was founded in 2011 as a constituent College of Moi University, in the facilities of the former Garissa Teachers Training College.

It was the first and only public institution offering degree courses in the North Eastern Province and based around 200km from the border of Somalia, was considered to be one of the safest spots in that region.

On April 2nd, 2015, gunmen attacked the institution and took away lives of at least 148 people of whom 142 were students, 3 were soldiers and 3 were police officers.

Up to 587 students escaped but 79 were injured.

The attack was the deadliest since the 1998 Al Qaeda twin bombings of the US Embassies in Nairobi and Dar se Salaam which left 200 people dead.

Last year, the Westgate Shopping Mall was attacked in which another 67 persons lost their lives.


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