Karangi: My boys were carrying water at Westgate

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General Julius Karangi insists that Kenya’s military officers did not loot during the Westgate mall four-day siege.

 

Gen Karangi told the joint committees on National Security and Defence of the National Assembly that the soldiers only “picked water from the Nakumatt store to quench their thirst.”

The military chief who was accompanied by Defence Secretary Raychelle Omamo said that “the officers took water with authority from their commanders.”

The Chief of Defence Forces was appearing before the committee only days after Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage made public showed KDF officers entering the Nakumatt store and later walking out each carrying paper bags.

More footage showed KDF officers ransacking safes in jewellery stores at the mall but General Karangi said they were undertaking a procedure he termed as “sanitization to ensure their safety.”-capitalfm

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