We helped traders secure cash: KDF
The Kenya Defence Forces Friday countered the bad publicity after the Westgate Shopping Mall attack by saying that its personnel actually helped businesses secure cash and documents. The KDF top brass are frustrated that despite the claims that there are videos that show their personnel involved in what are obviously illegal activities while engaged in the operation, they are yet to get their hands on them. In postings on Twitter Friday, a spokesman for the defence forces, Major Emmanuel Chirchir, said the army helped secure Sh300 million from four banks, foreign exchange bureaus and a casino.
Another officer said the army called officials from the banks and escorted them into the building to retrieve their money and valuables from vaults and safe deposit boxes. “We secured your Westgate branch and facilitated the repatriation of your money,” Maj Chirchir said in reference to Kenya Commercial Bank and Barclays Bank.
“DTB custodial services was evacuated safely with documents of substantial value,” he added. “Like other tenants, we were given access and the KDF facilitated us to remove important inventory.
I can’t comment on the value but we were able to remove all valuables,” said assistant general manager Gituku Kirika. None of the other banks had responded to inquiries by the time of going to press but a spokesman at CFC Stanbic initially said the bank was not aware of any recovery but then said he was seeking an answer from his bosses.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Daily NationSimilar Stories