The surge has been significant. The effect is being felt across the country. There is fear and uncertainty on who will be next.
“The objective f Al-Shabaab is to destroy political leadership structures and take advantage of political differences. In such scenarios, they can lobby a sympathetic legislator to fill gaps they’ve created. It is a long-term strategy.” Points out David James, the regional intelligence director at Strategic Intelligence.
Several pro-government members of parliament have been killed for their roles in changing the country’s future direction.
The shebaab seeks to install a new political order which will dissent and even participate in facilitating terror attacks inside parliament.
“The process of planning a terror attack is lengthy, and the shebaab is at it in Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, not forgetting Djibouti. They keep on planning and once they identify and conclude a target is worth a hit, they do it.” David James argues