, NAIROBI Kenya, Sep 23 – The Kenya Church Leaders Forum has condemned the Westgate attack terming it as a cowardly act by terrorists.
The forum’s chairman Bishop Mark Kariuki applauded security personnel for their continued efforts to save the persons held hostage and appealed to the public to continue offering their support for all affected persons.
“We gather here today to declare our solidarity with the government of the Republic of Kenya in this time of sorrow following the unfortunate, barbaric, and cowardly act of terrorism,” he stated.
“We begin by commending our security apparatus which include the Kenya Defence Forces for the courage to confront the heavily armed terrorists considering that they were putting their lives on the line to save the innocent Kenyan civilians held hostage by these criminals.”
The church leaders also assured they will mobilise their followers in supporting the victims.
“We pledge our commitment to identify with the plight of the victims of this tragedy and we plan to mobilise both material and financial support,” he said.
“It is indeed a great shame to consider that this act of terrorism was carried out by a group that does not consider sparing the lives of even helpless women and children.”
They have also urged the members of the public to support the government in its effort to fight crime in the country in order to curb such incidences in future.
“We urge all Kenyans to support the government as they take whatever actions to weed our society of dissidents who may be hiding among us to plan such attacks,” he appealed.
They also asked the country to remain calm saying, “they should continue working together for the welfare of all Kenyans.”
The death toll by 6pm on Monday stood at 62 with 175 injured.