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Glimpses into Westgate’s rubble

Journalists were on Thursday allowed to access the rubble of the Westgate shopping mall, the scene of last year’s bloody attack by Al-Shabaab terrorists.

No restoration works have started yet.

Workers are still clearing rubble from the section that collapsed during the siege by Kenya Defence Forces in the wake of the September 06, 2013 attacks.

The Committee on the Rapid Restoration of Westgate Mall will start holding public hearings at City Hall on Monday to gather views on business restoration and security at similar facilities.

A view of the collapsed section of Westgate mall. PHOTO | KIARIE NJOROGE
A view of the collapsed section of Westgate mall. PHOTO | KIARIE NJOROGE

The hearings will be divided into thematic areas of physical restoration of the mall, business restoration and security measures.

The committee led by Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero expects to hand in its report by the end of February paving the way for government’s input  into the businesses restoration  and institute of recommended security measures.

According to committee member Muchiri Wahome, one of the proposals being considered is use of CCTV.

Recently Dr Kidero said that that all malls and supermarkets will soon be required to connect their CCTV feed to security agencies in a move informed by the recent terror attacks.