Uhuru, Raila, Musalia to issue Westgate address

President earlier visited the MP Shah hospital in the company of former PM Raila Odinga and UDF party leader Musalia Mudavadi/XINHUA

President earlier visited the MP Shah hospital in the company of former PM Raila Odinga and UDF party leader Musalia Mudavadi/XINHUA

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 22 – President Uhuru Kenyatta is due to address the nation at 3pm Sunday on the progress made in the hostage crisis at the Westgate mall, where 59 people were killed and some 200 others injured.

The President earlier visited the MP Shah hospital where some survivors of the attack were hospitalized, in the company of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and UDF party leader Musalia Mudavadi.

This will be his second address by the President on the matter after Saturday night’s statement in which he revealed that his close family members were among the dead.

One of the President’s kin is his nephew Mbugua Mwangi who was killed alongside his fiancée Rosemary.

Other relatives of the Kenyan president, among them his sister Kristina Pratt however managed to escape unharmed as 10-15 gunmen stormed the busy mall shooting people indiscriminately.

“The President is going to MP Shah any time from now. He will be with Raila. Afterwards, he will address media at state house. He will be flanked by Raila and Musalia,” information from State House said.

“President Uhuru Kenyatta will be addressing the nation alongside Raila Odinga,” the Interior Ministry confirmed on its Twitter account.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku said the rescue operation was still underway, but it remained delicate because of the hostages.

According to Lenku, security forces believed that there are between 10 to 15 Al Shabaab attackers who are still holed up in the shopping mall.

MARGARET WAHITO

MARGARET WAHITO

Margaret has been a business reporter for the past three years. She is currently pursuing a degree in Communications and Public Relations at Moi University. She holds a diploma in film and video production from the Kenya institute of Mass Communications. Apart from journalism, she has interest in community work, especially helping the disadvantaged.