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US Reiterates Terror War Support as Kenya Commemorates Bombing of Its Embassy

He spoke shortly after laying a wreath at the August 7 Memorial Park in Nairobi, a day to the 21st commemoration of 1998 bombing of the US embassy

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Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale.|Geoffrey Isaya

BY GEOFFREY ISAYA,NAIROBI,KENYA

The United States has committed to continue supporting Kenya in enhancing maritime surveillance, countering violent extremism and fighting terrorism.

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, who is in the country, on Tuesday said terrorists will not manage to cause divisions among Kenyans and between the two countries.

He spoke shortly after laying a wreath at the August 7 Memorial Park in Nairobi, a day to the 21st commemoration of 1998 bombing of the US embassy, that left 213 people dead. 11 others were killed in Dar es Salam in Tanzania where a US embassy was also targeted.

“We will maintain our strong, strategic alliance with Kenya to fight terrorism threat from Al-Shabaab and any other threatening to destabilize peace here in Kenya,” he asserted in a short brief to journalists.

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The United States has committed to continue supporting Kenya in enhancing maritime surveillance, countering violent extremism and fighting terrorism. Pixabay

Majority of those killed in the simultaneous attacks were locals though the terrorist’s main target were US nationals.

Investigations from the US eventually narrowed down to 18 suspects, including their leader Osama Bin Laden, who was eventually killed on May 2, 2011.

US forces have been active in launching airstrikes in Somalia where Kenyan forces under the umbrella of AMISOM are fighting Al Shabaab terrorists.

“Their immediate purpose was to kill and destroy, but they had a bigger agenda, and that was to divide Kenya and America, to undermine our friendship and the values that we hold dear, freedom, justice and peace,” Hale said.

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“They failed then, just like terrorists continue to fail in their objectives today. They did not and will not separate America and Kenya,” he stressed.

Despite the militants being extensively weakened, they have launched pockets of attacks within and out of Somalia, with Kenya paying the heaviest price partly due to a porous border between the two countries.

Some 21 years after the deadly attack, terrorists have targeted Kenya’s high-end facilities including institutions of higher learning and shopping malls, killing hundreds of people.

They have also resorted to the use of Improvised Explosive Devices, to target security officers manning boarder towns like Mandera.

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Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, who is in the country, on Tuesday said terrorists will not manage to cause divisions among Kenyans and between the two countries. Pixabay

On Saturday, 21 September 2013, Westgate shopping mall, an upscale facility in Nairobi, was attacked, leaving 67 people dead.

On 2 April 2015, Garissa University College was attacked, in one of Kenya’s worst terror attack that left 148 people, majority of them students killed.

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Three suspects were convicted and jailed over the attack that was also claimed by Al Shabaab militants.

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Popular Kenyan Musician John Ng’ang’a aka John De’Mathew, Dies Through a Tragic Accident

Known as the King of Kikuyu music, the singer was on his way back from an event in the town of Thika when he met with a car accident

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Musician John De Mathew,he Died through a road crash.

By Geoffrey Isaya

Popular Kenyan musician John Ng’ang’a, known by his stage name John De’Mathew, has been killed in a car crash.

Known as the King of Kikuyu music, the singer was on his way back from an event in the town of Thika, 45km (27 miles) north-east of the capital, Nairobi, when his car ploughed into a lorry.

Famous for wearing a white cowboy hat, he reportedly produced more than 50 albums in a three-decade career.

His style of music was known as Benga, with guitar setting a fast-paced rhyme. He always sang in Kikuyu, one of Kenya’s main languages.

The hashtag #RIPDeMathew trended in Kenya for the better part of Monday hours after the news of his demise, with people sharing their memories.

One tweeter said he always addressed social issues in his songs, like one about alcoholism,Tribalism and corruption.

Fans have been paying tribute to Kenyan musician, John Ng’ang’a, known by his stage name John De’Mathew, who has died in a car crash – but not everyone has been praising the Benga singer.

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John’s songs focused on love, politics and societal ills such as alcoholism – often using proverbs, metaphors and references to Kikuyu mythology. Wikimedia Commons

Dubbed “the King of Kikuyu music” – he was one of the few musicians to be famous countrywide despite only singing in his Kikuyu language.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Twitter that he played a big role in promoting “African cultural heritage through his music”

His songs focused on love, politics and societal ills such as alcoholism – often using proverbs, metaphors and references to Kikuyu mythology.

While some have praised him as a “modern prophet”, one of his political songs was controversial and has divided opinion about his legacy.

Wituite Hiti, which means “You Have Made Yourself a Hyena”, was released ahead of the 2013 election.

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), set up to ease ethnic tensions after the violence that followed the 2007 election, said the lyrics bordered on hate speech.

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It was thought he was referring to politician Raila Odinga, the main rival to Mr Kenyatta, a Kikuyu, who went on to win the presidential vote. De’Mathew was charged in court over the song, but acquitted the following year.

Defending himself, he said the translations were taken out of context and had missed the message of the song. Mr Odinga, who also lost the 2017 presidential vote, has tweeted his condolences to De’Mathew’s family, saying the singer was a great educator “on culture and current affairs”. (IANS)