Uhuru Kenyatta has Failed to Tame Insecurity in Kenya

Kenya Stockholm Blog

Jared Odero: Nairobi is back to its inglorious days of Nairobbery.  Jared Odero: Nairobi is back to its inglorious days of Nairobbery.

Long before the September 21, 2013 Westgate Mall terror attack in Nairobi, corruption contributed to the human trafficking of Somalis into Kenya. The Kenya-Somalia border is around 780 kilometers long and porous in many parts, which are known as “panya” routes (Kiswahili for rat). These are paths carved and used as entry points for illegal immigrants commonly called mbuzi (Kiswahili for goats). Mbuzi is the slang shared by human traffickers and the police whom they bribe to get through security checks.

A well-oiled network of brokers coordinates the arrival of illegal immigrants through the Kenyan gateway towns of Isiolo and Garissa. In a video titled “Exposing smuggler routes across the Somalia-Kenya border” (November, 2013), CNN correspondent Nima Elbagir and her colleague secretly filmed her bus trip into Kenya using a rat route. She reported that: “Traveling on these smugglers’…

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