THE CHESS GAME: WHY USA VETOED KENYA’S ATTEMPT TO DECLARE AL-SHABAAB A TERRORIST GROUP

THE CHESS GAME: WHY USA VETOED KENYA’S ATTEMPT TO DECLARE AL-SHABAAB A TERRORIST GROUP

Members of alShabaab, fully equipped with firearms can now cross in to North Kenyan Territories and play havoc on the communities that have not been already ravaged by the KDF and GoK since 2012. It is easy to find maps of all the oil and mineral blocks that have been discovered in Northern Kenya as well as the enormous underground water aquifers. Any army that comes into Kenya shall be funded, equipped with arms and probably drones – this is a whole new board-game.
KDF cannot, and will not protect it’s citizens – it’s mandate has for a long while been to declare Somali or Muslim citizens persona non-grata  and will not go to war over the Northern Territories. It means that citizens are virtually defenseless because when it comes to Oil interests, the USA is a formidable enemy that will fund any excuse to slaughter for oil.

By Najar Nyakio Munyinyi,
On Wednesday, August 28th, 2019, the UN Security Council rejected Kenya’s request to designate al-Shabaab a terror group under Resolution 1267, which currently includes groups like alQaeda, Taliban, and ISIL.  Exactly 40 days later, on Monday, October  7th,  National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi accused the USA of involvement with the al-Shabaab terror group and indicated that this was the reason behind the unrelenting and harsh lobbying by American Pressure Groups to prevent the classification of the al-Shabaab as a terrorist group.
“The recent decision by the USA to refuse to declare al-Shabaab a terrorist group safeguards and guarantees that the group continues to be a recipient of global finance,” Justice Muturi said, adding that al-Shabaab was receiving funding from undisclosed global superpowers disguised as “humanitarian groups.” Kenya’s seeking to find a solution regarding it’s neighbours received strong lobbying against it by US “humanitarian agencies” and “former diplomats” who said such a designation would criminalize humanitarian aid.
Does this mean that al-Shabaab are not a Terrorist  Group – and this according to the United States of America and to the UN Security Council? Would this mean that the KDF, in ‘fighting’ al-Shabaab, can no longer do so by crossing a Somali’s border? Does this mean that it is extremely dangerous for Kenya to be within any of Somali’s borders? Let me put it in another way. If Kenya’s Army was to cross over into Uganda today and set up camp to ‘fight civilians’, it would be taken as an act of War.

PART ONE

How Did Kenya Loose The Game?

Politics, is a dirty game, and in the last 8 years, our Foreign Affairs has been largely ignored especially regarding Somalia. This was deliberate as we shall see further on – however note that because of a lack of serious greed and foresight, Kenyan civilians may be in serious trouble. It is a known fact that many factions of al-Shabaab are associated with alQaeda, the Taliban and ISIS. What is not such common knowledge, is that all these ‘terror’ groups are linked to the USA, and to the CIA. What is also known as truth, is that when it comes to Water, Oil & Minerals, it is the WarLords of what are known as the (terror groups) whether Taliban, the current warlords of ISIS, the former alQueda, or al-Shabaab in this case, that are the masterminds behind the incredible wealth, and the buying and selling of oil to the USA. These Warlords are they who control the oil fields, they control who gets in, and who gets out. These warlords are often in the company of Presidents of America and they get their training and arms, through CIA. And if they don’t comply by the rules, they are simply ‘removed’. Tuko Pamoja?

The Taliban

Let me give a brief outline of a story about Afghanistan and it’s hyped rise as home to  “terrorists.” The Civil War in Afghanistan began with a coup in 1978 when the Russian-backed Afghanistan Communist Party took power. The ruling party itself was torn with deep rivalries, and in September 1979 the President, Nur Mohammad Taraki was murdered under orders of the second-in-command, Hafizullah Amin. This soured relations with the Russians. On December 24, 1979 – 2 months later – the Soviet government sent in their 40th Army, with tanks and foot-soldiers, whom when they reached Kabul, staged a coup killing the President Amin and installing a Soviet loyalist. The deployment was named an invasion by Western media, and real fighting began. “The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) played a significant role in asserting U.S. influence in Afghanistan by funding military operations designed to frustrate the Soviet invasion of that country. CIA covert action worked through Pakistani intelligence services to reach Afghan rebel groups.” The National Security Archives.
By mid-1987 the Soviet Union under reformist leader Mikhail Gorbachev announced it would start withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan and this continued until 1992 when the Soviet-backed government collapsed.

Enter the Students

The Taliban Military Organization was founded on 10 October 1994 by those students (al Talib) who consisted largely of fighters from the Pashtun areas of eastern and southern Afghanistan. These students were those whom had been highly educated in the Islamic Madrassas (madrassa means school in Arabic) across the country in opposition to communism. Madrassas can teach Islamic law and governance, right up to tertiary level. Though the Soviets were gone, the United States Government through the CIA kept funding the guerrilla campaigns for 2 years against the duly-elected government in Kabul.  In 1992 Najibullah was overthrown.  One of seven fighting mujahadeen factions led by Burhaddin Rabbani took power. Six of the seven rebel groups laid down their arms and got behind Rabbani. The one that did not lay it’s arms down happened to be CIA-favorite Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hezbi-i Isbmi, and because they were sponsored and funded by the CIA, they proceeded to soak the streets of Kabul in yet another round of nonsensical bloodshed.
Though the United Nations recognized the Rabbani-led faction as Afghanistan’s legitimate government, the CIA declared Rabbani as “too much the leftist.” In short, more than two million Afghans died in the decade long CIA sponsored war that followed – it’s biggest covert operation since Vietnam.  US taxpayers spent $3.8 billion prosecuting the genocide, while The House of Saud matched that amount with the other GCC monarchs throwing in their spade-fulls of funding as well.
The USA finally tried to apply public pressure on the Pakistani government, which was still hosting these CIA Frankensteins, when Clinton’s  CIA Director James Woolsey said that “Pakistan was close to being placed on the State Department’s list of states that sponsor terrorism.”  This public pressure and blatant hypocrisy angered the Pakistani people who had watched as the CIA created and grew these narco-terrorists for a decade, using their country as a training ground.
“Now you USA want to offload your culpability onto the Pakistani people? Never!” The mujahadeen were furious. Jordanian mujahadeen Abu Taha put it this way, “The United States is a bloodsucker…and Pakistan was the puppet of America.”  Another mujahadeen veteran, Abu Saman, said, “We were not terrorists as long as we and the Americans had the same cause- to defeat a superpower. Now because it doesn’t suit the American and Western interests so we are branded terrorists.” American flags were burned across Pakistan as mujahedeens critiqued and condemned the USA of it’s duplicity and hypocrisy.

The Four HorseMen

From 1996 to 2001, the Taliban held power over roughly three quarters of Afghanistan. Under the leadership of Mohammed Omar, the movement was accepted throughout most of Afghanistan; the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was established in 1996, and the Afghan capital was transferred to Kandahar. In various interviews, many citizens of Kabul were convinced that the CIA had brought the Taliban to power on behalf of Big Oil, for in 1996, in rode The Four Horsemen.

•Exxon Mobil

•Chevron Texaco,

•BP Amoco &

•Royal Dutch/Shell

The Four Horsemen collectively professed the Taliban as a “stabilizing force in the region” and became eager to convince them of the importance of building a gas pipeline. This pipeline would extend across Afghanistan to the Indian Ocean – from the vast natural gas fields of Turkmenistan which borders Afghanistan to the north.  However, the Rabbani government had already been negotiating with an Argentinean consortium called Bridas to build the pipeline.  This angered The Four Horsemen, who backed a Unocal-led consortium known as Centgas.  In 2005 Unocal became part of Chevron.. Source: Morning Edition. National Public Radio.
The Four Horsemen were already exploiting their new Caspian Sea oil and gas reserves in the newly formed Central Asian Republics just north of Afghanistan.  Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan contain vast crude oil reserves estimated at over 200 billion barrels.  Neighboring Turkmenistan is a virtual gas republic, containing some of the largest deposits of natural gas on earth.  The biggest gas field is at Dauletabad in the southeast of the country near the Afghan border.  All told, there are an estimated 6.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Caspian Sea region. The Centgas consortium had also planned to build a pipeline which would connect oil fields around Chardzhan, Turkmenistan to the Siberian oilfields further north. Plus, Turkmenistan also had vast reserves of oil, copper, coal, tungsten, zinc, uranium and gold. 
Rabbani had to go, and with Rabbani out of the picture, Centgas began negotiating in earnest with the Taliban for rights to build their pipeline from Dauletbad across Afghanistan and Pakistan to the port of Karachi, where a US Naval base was in the works on a 100-acre site mysteriously handed over by Omani Sultan Qaboos. The Four Horsemen brought with them to Central Asia some loyal Saudi business partners. Saudi billionaire Sheik Khalid bin Mahfouz – owner of BCCI and National Commercial Bank and an enthusiastic supporter of the mujahedeen – embraced the Taliban.  Bin Mahfouz- whose net worth is over $2 billion controls Nimir Petroleum, a partner with Chevron Texaco in developing a 1.5 billion barrel Kazakhstan oil field. A Saudi Arabian government audit found that bin Mahfouz’ National Commercial Bank had transferred over $3 million to Osama bin Laden charities in 1999. Saudi-owned Delta Oil was a partner with Amerada Hess in Azerbaijan oil ventures.  Delta-Hess is part of a Bechtel-led group building the $2.4 billion Caspian Pipeline Consortium’s trans-Turkey pipeline to the Russian Black Sea port of Novorosisskyk.  Delta Oil is also a partner in Centgas.  According to French writer Olivier Roy, “When the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, it was largely orchestrated by the Pakistani secret service (ISI) and the oil company Unocal, with its Saudi ally Delta”.
The US government pressured Turkmenistan to give preference to the Unocal-led Centgas consortium over Bridas. In 1997 Centgas got the gas pipeline contract, but by the time it was ready to commence work, the political situation in Afghanistan had deteriorated. Civil war continued, the Taliban’s cultural extremism and hostility to women had exploded in the world media, and Afghanistan had become a major terrorist base. In August 1998, the US attacked bin Laden’s Afghanistan camps, and four months later, Unocal pulled out of Centgas.
But, unknown to the public, in January 1998 Centgas agreed to pay the Taliban government $100 million a year to run their gas pipeline across Afghanistan.  Centgas arranged high-level meetings in Washington between Taliban officials and the State Department. Representing Unocal was Zalmay Khalilzad, who was Assistant Undersecretary of Defense in the Bush Sr. administration and worked at Cambridge Energy Research Associates before working at Unocal.  Khalilzad was born in Mazar-i-Sharif to wealthy Afghan aristocrats. His father was an aide to King Zaher Shah.  Khalilzad also worked at Rand Corporation- a CIA asset.  Khalilzad left his post at Unocal to join the National Security Council in the Bush Jr. administration.
In 2002 Bush appointed Khalilzad as the first US envoy to Afghanistan in over 20 years.  The first item on his agenda was to revive talks on building the Centgas pipeline. According to French intelligence analyst Jean-Charles Brisard, President Bush Jr. blocked all US Secret Service investigations into US-based al-Qaeda sleeper cells while he continued to negotiate secretly with Taliban officials. 
Deputy FBI Director John O’Neill resigned his post in July 2001 to protest the Bush Administration’s cozying up to the Taliban.  Brisard said that O’Neill told him, “the main obstacles to investigating Islamic terrorism were US corporate interests and the role played by Saudi Arabia.”  O’Neill himself took a job as the Chief of Security at the World Trade Center in New York and was killed during the 911 attacks.
According to the French newspaper Le Figaro, the CIA met with bin Laden several times during the months prior to 911, while the Washington Post reported that the CIA met with Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar’s envoy Rahmattullah Hashami in July 2001.  Hashami offered to hold on to bin Laden until the CIA could capture him but, according to the Village Voice, the Bush Administration turned down the offer.  That same month, in July, the CIA met with Jamiaat-i-Islami leader Qazi Hussein Ahmed.
What is also not common knowledge, is that the US government gave $43 million in “aid” to the Taliban in 2000 and $132 million in 2001.  But their war antics were bloody that the Taliban were told by the Bush White House to hire a Washington PR firm to scrub up their image.  The firm was headed by Laila Helms – a niece of the former CIA Director and BCCI crony Richard Helms.  At the last meeting in August 2001 just five weeks before 911 Bush had wanted the Taliban to deliver bin Laden – in return for USA and Saudi economic aid, in support for the Taliban, and for Centgas to lay it’s pipelines to the Indian Ocean.  The Four Horsemen representatives were present at the Bush-Taliban negotiations where one official told the Taliban, “…you either accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs”.
They said No and refused to give up their leader Osama bin Laden.

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When President Bush announced to the world that the Taliban were responsible for the 911 attacks 5 weeks later, it was a filthy lie. Thousands of Americans were killed and traumatized for oil. After numerous investigations from the United States itself, details have been revealed proving that the 911 attacks were a not only a hoax but were an inside job and that the whole was orchestrated by the US Government itself. The “911 Attacks” attacks were a justification for, and paved the way for President George W. Bush to launch “The Global War on Terrorism”.

Military Tribunals and Guantánamo Bay

By November 2001, 50 days after 911, President Bush signed the most controversial order ever declared in the History of mankind, for a worldwide call that any foreigner charged with terrorism to be tried by Military Tribunals and that that they be classified as illegal enemy combatants. These tribunals permitted the admission of hearsay, evidence obtained under coercion, allowed secret evidence to be shown to the jury, but not the defendant. In addition, the defendant could be excluded from portions of his own trial. The beginning of the horror of Guantánamo Bay was just beginning. The American President Bush also declared war on “The Taliban”, and in December 2001 American invaded, began to bomb Afghanistan, and removed the Taliban from power.

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PART TWO

Who is Eric Prince?

Currently, the connection to CIA in Somalia is through Eric Prince, he of former Blackwater.  Prince has a brand new deal going on in Somalia. Formerly, to do business in Southern Somalia, one had to go through KDF, and al-Shabaab. Today though, business is through Eric Prince and his band of merry mercenaries, the Chinese owned Frontier Services Group or the USA Army – but because they are the USA army, they prefer to be in the background.
Erik Prince is the scandal-ridden former member of the Navy SEALs and founder of the now defunct private security company Blackwater.  He is currently the CEO of the Hong Kong based private equity firm Frontier Services Group (FSG), which in 2018 signed a lucrative contract deal with the South-West State of Somalia, itself within the highly contested, conflict-ridden region of southern Somalia.
Prince and FSG are not strangers to investing in Africa or providing ‘security solutions’ to the continent. Prince’s Frontier Services Group has an office in our bustling capital city of Nairobi on 96 Riverside Drive, offering among other things; security, logistics, insurance and infrastructure (whatever that means for Kenya). After negotiations with the of the South West State of Somalia’s President Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, FSG was given the contract of providing logistical support to the Somali South West State’s Administration council’s Free Zone Investment Authority (FZIA), which is designed to attract foreign investments into the southern Somalia region with the intent of creating jobs, re-animate the flaccid economy, and inject wealth and prosperity back into the war-torn south. All of which will need Prince’s trademark “advanced protective services” to keep his Chinese and possibly United Arab Emirates (UAE) investors money secure.

This is the exact area where KDF operated.

The newly penned contract stipulates that over an undisclosed period of years, FSG will assist in constructing a major seaport to deal with increased volume of import/export as well as expanding and modernizing an airport in the region. All of which will be solely run by FSG’s patented integrated air-land-sea logistics capability package. The contract also has plans on “developing agricultural zones” within the Lower Shabelle.  FSG partnered with First Hectares Capitol, a self-described agribusiness and forestry infrastructure investment company for African Governments. First Hectares Capitol has its main office in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is full of board members with financial ties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Fun fact – there is only one “East African” on the advisory board.

Kenya and it’s Relationship to Southern Somali.

The southern portion of Somalia has been highly sought after for its untapped plethora of natural resources. Countries like the USA, the UK, UAE and China have been salivating for the chance to get first dubs and harvest Somalia’s treasures. Unknown to many, the KDF through alShabaab plundered and enriched themselves with resources like iron ore, tin, uranium and the ‘charcoal’ trade. However, when it came to the crown jewels of large oil and natural gas reserves Kenya was outwitted by America.
The Lower Shabelle is the stomping grounds of the “al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group Harakat al-Shabaab” and it seems that they have agreed to a ‘handshake’ with FSG. Prince’s Frontier Services Group main headquarters are split between Hong Kong and Beijing within the People’s Republic of China. One of it’s sole investors is the state-owned CITIC Group, or the China International Trust Investment Corporation out of Beijing. CITIC Group is heavily invested in China’s African oil endeavors, especially China’s major oil production region in South Sudan.
In 2014, CITIC Group sent Erik Prince and his new Frontier Services Group to Southern Sudan to meet with the South Sudanese leader Salva Kiir who was in the process of fighting a civil war against his former vice president Riek Machar for control of the newly independent country. The purpose of the trip was to re-establish flow of oil from the Chinese owned oil reserves that were shut down and barely producing product due to the heavy fighting within the Upper Nile region of South Sudan. Prince sat with South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum and Mining and promised them surveillance flights over several South Sudanese held oil fields, to build up the infrastructure around these fields, transport workers and supplies, and above all — supply security of said fields. It was a $150 million dollar payout to FSG but, as the chess pieces were being put in place the contract was abruptly halted, payment stopped by Kiir and his petroleum minister at the end of 2014.
Why did it stop? Well, Erik in a behind closed-doors meeting with Kiir promised something he had no authority to; a private army. Kiir was told that he was buying attack aircraft along with being assured a “foreign mercenary force” to use against Machar’s rebel forces (in flagrant violation of several international laws but who cares?) Erik and FSG were given their walking papers and neither South Sudan nor China got the secure oil fields.

Which brings us back to Somalia.

Prince has deep connections with another heavy investor in Somalia – the United Arab Emirates – who have already invested in and helped maintain several military training facilities outside of Mogadishu and to the north in the port city of Berbera in Somaliland. What you may not know is that Prince was part of a CIA task force created to kill “terrorists” or those opposed to USA political domination, but after the shut down of the covert Blackwater CIA training operation in 2009, Eric said that he was convinced that former CIA director Leon Panetta had ousted him as a CIA asset. He resigned as CEO of Blackwater on March 2, 2009 but remained chairman of the board until he sold the company in late 2010 to a group of investors. In early 2011, Prince and his then red-flagged Blackwater company “Xe,” entered into a multi-million dollar deal with UAE and a few other Gulf States to recruit and train close to 2,000-2,500 Somali nationals in “anti-piracy operations” along the Somali Coast, as well as fighting “al-Shabaab” in and around Mogadishu. At that time al-Shabaab was considered a “Terrorist Group” because it suited the purposes of the USA. With another Erik Prince-backed South African private security company Saracen International, Prince was tapped to not only train Somali militias in counter-terror operations against al-Shabaab, but to also train up a special presidential guard force. Other than a few State Department officials voicing their concerns, the deal and contract were fulfilled.
Now Prince is back in Somalia, only this time he brought his Chinese investor money in an attempt to capitalize on the impending “war” with al-Shabaab which the Somali President Farmaajo has promised, and to position his Chinese investors smack dab on top of several potentially lucrative natural resource ‘honey-holes’ that southern Somalia – or al-Shabaab, together with KDF, control. The al-Shabaab justification was a cover to put deep roots in Somalia. Never forget that Prince is a man who has made his fortune from privatizing war and conflict, and if it’s any indication of his past dealings within East Africa, then he shall definitely be taking his private army and weaponized crop-dusters with him.

Eric Prince & CIA

From 1997 to 2010, Blackwater was awarded $2 billion in Government Security contracts in the USA, more than $1.6 billion of which were unclassified Federal Contracts and an unknown amount of classified work.  From 2001 to 2010, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) awarded up to $600 million in classified contracts to Blackwater and its affiliates, (like Xe) and Blackwater soon became the largest of the State Department’s three private security companies, providing 987 guards for embassies and bases abroad. Capitalizing on his connections in the White House, Eric Prince built a shooting range on his rural Virginia land to serve as a nearby training facility to CIA headquarters in Langley. As a CIA Agent, he provided the CIA with links to the Afghan warlords who helped “topple the Taliban and drive alQaeda into hiding.” – read – the oil fields were secured for The Four Horsemen.

Back to the Beginning.

What then does it mean, when the USA, and the UN Security Council rejects Kenya’s request to designate al-Shabaab a terror group under Resolution 1267?
Answer: It means that they are not a terror group. It means that they can be, and shall be funded by ‘well-wishers’ and ‘humanitarian aid’. It is horror for the Kenyan government. It means that anyone in Kenya can claim to be al-Shabaab, and they cannot be charged with joining an illegitimate group. It means whomsoever is al-Shabaab, or joins al-Shabaab is not a criminal. It means the Kenya government can no longer arrest any individual, or groups of individuals who have ties, claim to be or are members of al-Shabaab, for currently, they are not terrorists and have the protection of the USA.

It also means that Kenya has no mandate whatsoever, to be in Somalia.

On the 13th of  October 2011, two Spanish women who were working for Médecins Sans Frontières at the Dadaab refugee camp were ‘kidnapped’ and according to Kenyan intelligencia,  the abductions were – and here is that nonsensical word that GoK and mainstream media use without regard, a word that is used to detriment the one named – allegedly carried out by al-Shabaab. But  – and this is interesting – Médecins Sans Frontières swiftly issued a press statement and completely disassociated itself from any armed activities and related declarations launched by the Kenyan government following the abduction – in other words – “…guys, do what you want to do, but don’t use us, or the kidnapped women as a justification to create war..”
Operation Linda Nchi was launched. The Kenya Defense forces entered into southern Somalia on the 16th of  October of 2011. It was undeniably an invasion and was called as such by Somalia’s ambassador to Kenya, Mohamed Ali Nur, who responded flatly that, “We cannot condone any country crossing our border.” The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 18 October 2011. This was ignored by the Kenyan Government because of greed by a few individuals, as we shall see further.
In invading Southern Somalia, the Kenyan government stated that it’s aim was to create a buffer zone between al-Shabaab – the ’cause of instability’ in southern Somalia, and the Kenyan homeland. KDF’s main objective though was that Kenya desired to be seen as a “reliable partner” in the U.S.-led global war on terrorism which was a mandate pronounced by President Bush on November 2011 exactly 16 days into the future. The 2 women had been kidnapped, on the 13th of October, 3 (three) days earlier. According to The Guardian, “several sources agree that the Kenyan invasion/intervention plan was discussed and decided as early as 2010, then finalized with input from various western partners, predominantly the USA and to a lesser extent France, with Nairobi using the kidnappings of the 2 Spanish women as a pretext” to launch an operation already ready, and waiting.
The Kenyan government declared the operation completed in March 2012 stating they had successfully captured and ‘controlled’ the territories of Qoqani, Kolbio, Fafadun, Elade, Hosingo and Badhadhe. KDF then went ahead and joined AMISOM in Somalia. The mandate from the United Nations Security Council for AMISON ends in May 2020.
Kenyan citizens were played by their government, and the US Government. Kenyan Soldiers were used to kill humans and gain territories while being paid peanuts and living in miserable conditions –  KDF were the foot soldiers in a dirty game. Meanwhile, after President Bush’s declaration, and the launch of The Global War On Terrorism, hundreds of men were captured across Somalia, Somaliland and East Africa, and renditioned to Guantanamo Bay, USA. Before the Global War on Terrorism, this word meant a ‘piece of music’. In 2011, renditions became known as the practice of western governments sending a foreign criminal or terrorist suspect, covertly and secretly – to be interrogated in a country – notably the USA – which had less rigorous regulations for the humane treatment of prisoners. Thousands of men disappeared overnight from their homes, kidnapped by the CIA and by GoK. The reason for these traumatic kidnappings was always ‘alleged’. The CIA was in Kenya, working overtime with the Kenyan government to be seen as ‘friends of the USA’. The CIA station in Nairobi became among the largest in Africa, and uncommon knowledge is that the US ambassador to Kenya, Robert F. Godec, was formerly the USA’s State Department’s Deputy Co-ordinator for counter-terrorism.
GoK sold out their own people, and sold out their neighbours in the fear of ‘Somali identity’. The Kenyan Government has to date, failed entirely to distinguish between Somali Islamists and Kenyan-Somalis. It has failed completely at national integration. Instead GoK continued to build up from Jomo Kenyatta colonialism’s preference for divide-and-rule, where competing groups were played off against each other with a centralised state retaining all capacities for legitimate violence. GoK deliberately failed to identify the differences between muslims across Kenya and instead lumped them together into one huge ‘illegitimate by religion.’
“This is the nebulous, but potentially pervasive enemy that Kenya must confront: an enemy that is no longer confined to Somalia, or even to the Somali, but one that appeals directly to the Ummah throughout East Africa, and especially in Kenya.” Anderson, D.M. and McKnight, J. (2014) op. cit., p. 26 (emphasis in original).

Dark Years in Kenya

From 2012, to be labelled ‘al-Shabaab’ was to be a terrorist – always guilty, never innocent. Thousands of humanitarian crimes were committed against men up and down the coast from Mogadishu in Somalia, to the Tanzanian coasts. Men and women were brutalized, were kidnapped and secretly smuggled to either Nairobi’s ATPU, where very, very few were returned home. Others were transported to America’s Guantanamo Bay. Thousands of men and women of Somali origin from NEP were targeted as extra-judicial killings victims. Thousands more disappeared in what were dubbed as #extrajudicialdisappearances. The local press went ham, accusing anyone of Somali blood of being connected to al-Shabaab and therefore a ‘terrorist’ – and all Muslims were against the government. Mosques and Madrassas were demolished in Kenya, Madrassas – educational institutions were declared illegal; any and all connections to Pakistan were declared ‘terrorist’, thousands of Kenyan Imams were swiftly and abruptly declared hostile to the government of Kenya. Operation Usalama Watch was put into effect and thousands of Kenyan Somalis were affected. Government security forces raided homes, buildings, and shops; looted cell phones, money, and other goods; harassed and extorted residents; and detained thousands – including journalists, Kenyan citizens, and international aid workers – without charge and in appalling conditions for periods well beyond the 24-hour limit set by Kenyan law. Human Rights Watch (2014) ‘Kenya: End Abusive Round-ups’, 12 May.
Human Rights Activists who worked ceaselessly round the clock to address and speak up on behalf of the humanitarian wrongs being endorsed and perpetuated by the government towards the Somali community and the larger Muslim population were outlawed. Bank accounts were closed. Thousands of muslims were imprisoned, thousands more, were executed.
Shall we as Kenyans, especially the Somali and larger Muslim community at the coast, will we ever know the real numbers of those who lost lives during these dark years of mass deaths and killings committed by GoK and sponsored by the USA?
However, there were those who had advocated for the invasion of Southern Somalia to advance their own economic and political interests. Among them are those who are still within the KDF; some key political elites within the Kenyan government (one whom was Minister for Internal Security George Saitoti) and several senior security chiefs. Source: “The Kenyan Military Intervention in Somalia” (PDF). International Crisis Group. 15 February 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015.

al Shabaab are not a Terrorist Group

Members of alShabaab, fully equipped with firearms can now cross in to North Kenyan Territories and play havoc on the communities that have not been already ravaged by the KDF and GoK since 2012. It is easy to find maps of all the oil and mineral blocks that have been discovered in Northern Kenya as well as the enormous underground water aquifers. Any army that comes into Kenya shall be funded, equipped with arms and probably drones – this is a whole new board-game.
KDF cannot, and will not protect it’s citizens – it’s mandate has for a long while been to declare Somali or Muslim citizens persona non-grata  and will not go to war over the Northern Territories. It means that citizens are virtually defenseless because when it comes to Oil interests, the USA is a formidable enemy that will fund any excuse to slaughter for oil.
 Finally, through the stupidity of our government, Kenya already has hostile armies on it’s lands. From Nanyuki to Mombasa, from Lamu to JKIA – the US Army, the British and the French armies have bases in Kenya. While this daft blind government has been bludgeoning it’s own people to death, arresting and killing innocent girls for wanting to be ‘alShababies’ – heavyweight minds have been playing chess and moving their pieces.

Check-Mate?

Najar is an Indigenous Lands Rights Consultant and an Environmental Activist