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nice one bankelelearms end user certificate fraud has a precedent in Kenya. so likely to be at play in the faina incident.In one of the Anglo Leasing deals Arms end user certificates were issued by the Police Commissioner Philemon Abongo for such non Police materiel as anti-tank grenades, hand grenades, 500 kilograms of C4 Explosive and mortars from a Yugoslavian company suspected of sanction-busting deals with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. LBA instructions to Yugo Imports of Belgrade were that “No packing notes, copies or price lists to be included in the consignment. Packages should not indicate Country of Origin.”
not very random at this point in time, is it? :-)
Good catch and very timely given current goings on. Some one is transporting a load of "bananas" upcountry ?
e: not random, like the an "X-Files" episode on a train?Steve: I took the pic myself, and at the time I thought they were Ugandan Army tanks being transported by train to Mombasa for their UN peackeeping in Somlai - now I don't know
Great photo. Nothing suspicious about what's under that sheet. The art of subtlety was obviously lost on the Kenyan military.
It is outrageous that the police have now arrested Andrew Mwangura for "publishing an alarming rumour" after he claimed that the arms on MV Faina were bound for Sudan. The same claim has been repeated by the US Navy, for God's sake! This crude attempt to silence him should be opposed by all.
!!!!On Andrew Mwangura, what's the latest? It's disturbing how paranoid the Kenyan government has become.And what's with the ridiculous charge of being in possession of four rolls of bhang? Only four rolls? In a country where me and a friend (in an earlier, more reckless age) had our supply of weed openly delivered to your hotel room?
I can see the trunk...ni ndovu ama ni kifaru ?
DoD News Briefing with Geoff Morrell from the Pentagonhttp://www.defenselink.mil/transcripts/transcript.aspx?transcriptid=4296Presenter: Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell September 30th 2008Q Where do you think that cargo [on the hijacked ship] was intended to go? And is that -- is the intended destination a concern?MR. MORRELL: I think the intended destination is less a concern than seeing this, at least in the near term, come to a peaceful solution -- a peaceful resolution.We take -- and have no reason not to take -- the president of Kenya at his word when he expressed to the president of the United States yesterday that this shipment was bound for his government, which is a peaceful government with legitimate self-defense needs. And so we have no reason to believe that this cargo was not destined to government of Kenya as their president suggests.But obviously, what we're concerned about now it's not in the control of those people who intended to deliver it to the government of Kenya. It's now in the control of pirates, to whom we do not know they will sell this material. And that's what's of concern now. Will it end up in the hands of responsible -- of a responsible entity, such as the government of Kenya, who would deal with it appropriately or will it end up in the hands of terrorists? And that's why we have a number of ships on-site to ensure that this does not end up in the wrong hands.Q Does the government of Kenya have a history of buying sophisticated arms from Russia or Ukraine or did this come as a surprise to us, that they were --MR. MORRELL: Frankly, Ken, I don't know. I don't know the government of Kenya's buying history. You know, we know them as a government that is obviously in good enough standing that they can meet with the president of the United States yesterday, so I don't know that we have an issue with anything they may wish to purchase for legitimate self-defense reasons, but I don't have any insight into what they've purchased in the past.Q Why would the government of Kenya need T-72s?MR. MORRELL: I think that's a good question to address to them.
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