H.E. Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania has sent a Condolence Message to H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya following the devastating news of tragic terrorist attack at the Westgate Shopping Centre in Westlands, Nairobi.
The Message reads as follows:
“H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta,
President of the Republic of Kenya,
I have received with shock and anger the devastating news of tragic terrorist attack at the Westgate Shopping Centre in Westlands, Nairobi, on 21st September, 2013 and claimed 59 innocent lives, more than 175 injured and many more in traumatic condition.
During this time of grief, I wish, on behalf of the Government and people of the United Republic of Tanzania and indeed on my own behalf, to convey our deepest condolences to you and through you to the Government and People of the Republic of Kenya as well as bereave families who have been robbed of their loved ones by this heinous attack. I also send our prayer and sympathy for the speed recovery, comfort, courage and consolation of all those affected by this horrendous attack.
This attack not only aimed at bringing fear and hatred among Kenyans, but also to deviate the Government of Kenya from fulfilling its international obligation to support peace processes on the continent. In this respect, this cowardly and senseless attack on innocent people must be condemned by all peace loving people in no an uncertain terms.
We are convinced that under your able leadership, the Government of Kenya will leave no stone unturned and bring the perpetrators to justice as it has been done before. The Government and people of the United Republic of Tanzania stand together with the people of Kenya during this trying moment. My Government pledge our unreserved support to the Kenyan Government in working together to fight the scourge of terrorism in all its forms.
Please accept, Your Excellency the assurances of my highest consideration.
Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation,
Dar es Salaam
22nd September, 2013