Nairobi Airport Emergency Services ‘Looted Electronics, a Bank and an ATM’ During Massive Blaze

Steve Robson, Daily Mail (London), August 9, 2013

First responders who arrived at massive airport fire in Kenya looted electronics, a bank and an ATM, it has been claimed.

Officials investigating the fire at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport told the Associated Press valuables were stolen by emergency services including police, firefighters and the army.

The fire broke out on the 15th anniversary of U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people in total, mostly Kenyans, but also a dozen Americans.

Today, international flights resumed landing and taking off from the fire-damaged airport and officials said they expected to return to full operations by the day’s end.

Kenyan officials, assisted by members of the FBI, are investigating the cause of the fire.

Anonymous sources have alleged that first responders stole electronics and money from an ATM. It is also believed that police guarding the site overnight attempted to a take a safe from a bank in the burned-out arrivals hall, which also houses several foreign currency exchange shops.

All public servants in Kenya, including police, firefighters and soldiers, are poorly paid and frequently accused of corruption. Police officers who guard the entrance to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport are well known in Nairobi for demanding bribes from taxi drivers and other vehicles with Kenyan drivers.

The fire-fighting response to Wednesday’s inferno was criticized as slow and inadequate, but the officials could not definitely say the looting was carried out by firefighters.

One official said there was now behind-the-scenes finger pointing taking place between the police, fire department and army. Another official said specialized police units had attempted to steal the safe overnight.

The criminal investigations policeman for the airport, Joseph Ngisa, said he hasn’t received formal complaints of theft and that police are waiting for affected institutions to report what they lost in the fire.

A security official said the investigation had ruled out terrorism and was now trying to determine if the fire was intentional or accidental.

Michael Kamau, the cabinet secretary for transport and infrastructure, said the design of the airport – constructed in the mid-1970s – made it challenging for firefighters to access certain areas with water hoses.

But Kamau insisted he was ‘satisfied’ by the response of firefighters from private companies but did not mention the airport firefighters, who responded slowly and whose equipment wasn’t fully functioning.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is East Africa’s largest aviation hub, and the fire disrupted air travel across the continent as the airport canceled all international flights. Many inbound flights were diverted to Tanzania and the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa. Domestic flights were being operated from the airport’s cargo terminal.

Firefighters were desperately short of equipment. The airport has fire trucks but some were not filled with water and personnel couldn’t be found to drive others. At one point while battling the blaze men in government uniforms lined up to pass buckets of water to fight the fire.

No serious injuries were reported.

President Barack Obama called Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to offer U.S. support.

Nairobi is the capital of East Africa’s largest economy, but public-sector services such as police and fire departments are hobbled by small budgets, corrupt money managers and outdated equipment or an absence of equipment.

‘From what you can see the damage is pretty extensive. It has extended until the immigration area. The electrical system is all down. Mechanical systems are all down. You can see the displays are all down, so it’s huge,’ said Ali Ayoob, an airport engineer.

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  • din_do_nuffins

    We deplore the global eradication of White privilege, because now blacks are forced to blame each other.

    • sbuffalonative

      Black motivation is short-sighted and selfish. Black behavior is also universal.

      Any disaster is an opportunity for self-enrichment.

  • All public servants in Kenya, including police, firefighters and soldiers, are poorly paid and frequently accused of corruption.

    That translates as “First responders gets first choices”.

    It has to be comical to watch. “Let’s get this fire under control”. “Hey, there’s an ATM”. “And look iPhones”. “What about that safe in the currency exchange?” “We’ll come back for that tonight when the fire ‘re-kindles'”. “Ha Ha ha, good idea sarge”.

  • Puggg

    “To protect and serve?” No, to loot and steal.

  • Rhialto

    Why were FedGov resources, FBI, involved in the investigation of an African fire?

    • bigone4u

      Just a guess, but probably because American government property was stolen.

      • NeanderthalDNA


  • bigone4u

    And so why does the West rob its White citizens to send billions of dollars in foreign aid to perpetuate this farce? Kenya is not a country, it’s a free for all for thieves and lootes.

  • Skip Wellington

    These first-responders-of-color were simply relocating the precious items in order to safeguard them.

  • Romulus

    Amren is a day late and a dollar short on this one! I believe I mentioned this thurs or Fri of last week.

  • me

    You can’t even make this stuff up, it’s so crazy. LOL!

  • Viking_61

    Somebody call whitey to re-stock the airport ATM!!!

  • This is what happens when you try to squeeze the square pegs of third world people into the round holes of first world systems.

  • Ngati Pakeha

    A look into our future unless we get off our backsides. Sorry to be negative but I can just see this playing out close to home.

    • Romulus


      • Ngati Pakeha

        Yes “our”. As unpalatable as it sounds. “They” inflect and infect upon us. I don’t know about you but I have to deal with these people and their ilk. I’m not wealthy enough to move to Switzerland. Having been a follower on this site over the years I know a lot of people here are in the same boat. Blacks, negatively impact our lives. That is one of the reasons this website exists. Am I on the wrong track here?

        • Romulus

          Do you imagine with a moniker like that, that you have a historical or ancestral connection to Europe or it’s descendant countries?

          • Ngati Pakeha

            Yes I do pal. Do you know what it means?

          • Romulus

            Are you or are you not of European extraction. That’s what I was getting at. I don’t consider Indians Europeans or anything else other than Indians. Nevermind about Bobby jindal. I do not know what it means, but would be happy if you wish to tell me.

          • Ngati Pakeha

            Google it mate. The link at Urban Dictionary will enlighten you son of Rhea.

          • Romulus

            I don’t care what you think are. If your from the sub Asian continent, you are NOT European mate. I don’t care if you were born in Britain! Your still not English. Practicing someone elses culture DOES NOT make you one of their race. It makes you a foreigners in someone elses land. Weren’t the hindus the people who kicked out the British. So in a country that’s a third world toilet with a billion people, what makes you think the indigenous brits wants any fraction of your people on their tiny island? If your truly a European and just happen to pick that as a screen name, then you have my support, but dont preach BS to me about what you think you are! Just because 7.3 billion people are flying around the world does not change ones origins, MATE!

          • Ngati Pakeha

            Well well. I don’t know where you get the idea I’m from India. I try and get friends of mine to contribute to this site (all of us are Scot/English mix). These friends don’t come on these sites as they believe there are too many cuckoos. Ignorance personified you are. Then again your own moniker says it all. You are indeed a son of a b—h. G’day mate!

          • Romulus

            If you would have simply informed me that you were indeed of European extraction, our dialogue would have been more fruitful. I picked the founder of Rome as my screen name because of their obvious contributions to western civilization. Now that you have demonstrated what was a very simple request, you have my full support. I also don’t need to elaborate on my level of education, which is quite substantial. I have many friends in the UK and can trace my lineage on my mothers side to 794 AD in Scotland. Thank you very much. Im am currently busy with several tasks, which is why I haven’t looked up your moniker. Thank you for the clarification. It was not my intention to offend a fellow European. My mates inform me that the despise pakis claims of being British. So that brought out my ire.

          • BulgAryan

            Ngati Pakeha
            Tribal name adopted by white New Zealanders who were born in New Zealand, and/or have been there for so many generations that they rightly define themselves as New Zealand Natives.

          • Romulus

            Thank you! We cleared that up. I mistakenly took him for someone else.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Blacks in charge! Yeeeeah!

    What a cascading joke. They are not like us and it’s really infuriating that my country is judged based on the great dragdown civilization ruining Trojan horse known as negro DNA and the negroes that carry it.

    Does Kenya have a space program?

    • bigone4u

      Yes, like every African country there is a space program in which highly skilled black azztronots will be sent a couple of hundred feet into the air after being strapped to bottle rockets made in China. Without parachutes, African azztronots never make it back to earth alive. What a tragedy!

      • NeanderthalDNA

        African made submarine – canoe with a hole in it.

      • BonusGift

        They really are just not very bright aggressive children with virtually no consideration for what they do and think (i.e., on those few occasions when they think).

  • IKantunderstand

    I can’t wait to see what this world will be like after all the Whites are gone. Absolute heaven on earth. I’m sorry that many of you won’t be around to bask in the glory, but I hope these tantalizing little glimpses assuage your jealousy, at least somewhat.

    • BonusGift

      You’re right, and why wait? After all, even with a few of us around we do get these wonderful “tantalizing little glimpses” into the future right here and now. I just wish the violence, rape, death, destruction etcetera were more concentrated amongst those that cause the rampant carnage (i.e., blacks and their tribe affiliated protectors and pushers).

  • Spartacus

    “First responders who arrived at massive airport fire in Kenya looted electronics, a bank and an ATM, it has been claimed.”


    It was just reparations for… Whatever the hell they complain about in Kenya.

    • haroldcrews

      British colonialism

  • Juan Outtamany

    Why is the FBI investigating, much less…. why are they even outside the borders of America?

    • haroldcrews

      ‘America’ doesn’t have borders.

  • ms_anthro

    People who entrust their lives to the sub-Saharans running and maintaining these airports must be certifiably insane. I used to want to go on an African safari to see the wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. But how would I get there? I would have to trust that mud hut people are capable of coordinating air traffic control and maintaining usable runways, runways that can handle modern airliners.

    No. And it’s not at all hard to imagine the Africans stealing crucial and expensive parts from your plane shortly before takeoff.

    • evilsandmich

      Reminds me of the Entebbe control tower pictures on Wikipedia. After all these decades they still haven’t gotten around to sending someone up there with putty and a trowel to patch up the bullet holes.

    • Spartacus

      You could take a cruise, but I still wouldn’t recommend it. After all, even after you get there in one piece – there’s still a bunch of groids running around, trying to make sure you don’t leave that way .

      • ms_anthro

        Pirates! No thank you, sir. I’ll stick to civilized countries for now.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      I’ve known folks who have gone and gotten seriously harassed/shaken down, at customs. They like our shiny trinkets and gadgets they can’t make.
      Nothing really changes in regard to their capacities. Only our moronic attitudes have changed.

  • Nick A Siggers

    When an afri cant takes something laying around, it’s no more theft than when an elephant takes a mouthful of grass, it’s just what they are genetically programmed to do.

  • haroldcrews

    Wasn’t there an airliner that crashed in some African slum in the past couple of years the the residents got busy robbing the luggage and the dead and dying passengers? I could have sworn I read about that.

    • Spartacus

      It happened in Nigeria a couple of years ago, I believe the plane crashed over a slum of Lagos, but couldn’t say for sure.

    • Ngati Pakeha

      I have a feeling the same thing would happen if a plane went down in Detroit…or any other city where ‘diversity’ flourishes.