Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko reveals what he knew about terrorists


KENYA: The Senate began its independent probe into the Westgate Shopping Mall attack, grilling Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko over his claims that he gave information of an impending terror attack to security agencies before the terrorists struck Westgate.

The committee on Defence and Foreign Relations kicked off its investigations, parallel to another probe being undertaken by the National Assembly. The Committee is chaired by Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji.

“Sonko gave us his information about what he knows and we are expecting other top security chiefs to appear since we have sent summons to them,” said Haji, although he declined to divulge details of what the Nairobi Senator told the committee.

The Director of NIS Michael Gichangi and the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo, who have been accused by Parliament are expected to appear before the committee Thursday.

Sonko told the committee that he notified security organs of an impending attack on key areas in Nairobi, including the Westgate Mall.

Sonko claimed that he helped two women of either Asian or Arabic origin to offer information to police on Al-Shabaab. He said the women approached him three-months ago with information the terrorists, who rented houses in Parklands and Westlands, were planning a major attack.

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He claimed the two women were initially living with the gang in the rented houses but had escaped after being shown the items that the suspects were preparing for the attack.

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