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September 25, 2013

Kenyans crowdsource their doubt over Westgate

Netizens have 85 unanswered questions about the mall attack in Nairobi.

Kenya's Interior Minister Joseph ole Lenku (C), flanked other government officials, speaks during a news conference near the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi September 25, 2013.

As the shock from Kenya's Westgate mall attack begins to dissipate, many are so far unsatisfied with the government's explanations surrounding the attack. Some Kenyans online have crowdsourced an effort to begin demanding transparency, compiling a list of 85 questions on Google. 

They are asking for clarification about conflicting information from government sources on the attackers and the victims, as well as the timeline of events leading up to the attack. Other questions are more critical, asking about the government's planned response and for insight into the motives for the attack. Several questions touch on Kenya's involvement in Somalia, where the attackers are believed to be based. 
Kenyans are discussing the document using #WeThePeople and #WeNeedAnswers.