Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Withdraw KDF Troops From Somalia, Khalwale Tells Gov’t
By Benjamin Wafula, Citizen Digital
19 January 2016

Withdraw KDF troops from Somalia, Khalwale tells Gov't
Kakamega Senator Dr. Bonny Khalwale has told the government to withdraw the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers from Somalia.

Addressing CORD supporters outside the Milimani Law Courts on Tuesday, Khalwale said KDF’s role in Somalia is undefined noting that there should be a clear exit strategy for the soldiers and redeployment to secure Kenya’s borders.

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The pronouncement comes just days after Al Shabaab militants attacked a KDF camp in El-Adde killing an undisclosed number of soldiers.

Several KDF soldiers who survived the attack have returned home with the bodies of four soldiers who were killed in the attack arriving in the country Monday night.

The timing of Khalwale’s pronouncement coincided with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s assurance that KDF soldiers will stay in Somalia.

President Kenyatta called on Kenyans to support efforts by KDF to restore peace and stability in Somalia saying the war on terror requires unity.

“We are well aware that peace and security have their price. Our forces are ready to do their duty their bravery is undimmed and for this, we as a nation are grateful to all of them,” he said.

“We will continue to stand with the International Community to free Somalia from the oppression of terrorist groups said President Uhuru Kenyatta in his address to the nation on Tuesday.

‘Send more troops to Somalia’

Elsewhere, Senate Majority Leader Kindiki Kithure, while speaking at Kathwana in Tharaka Nithi County on Tuesday, called on President Kenyatta to send more troops to Somalia to help in fighting Al Shabaab.

“KDF must avenge the deaths of their colleagues to the last drop of blood that was shed during the Friday morning attack,” he said.

Addressing the gathering, CORD leaders Raila Odinga, Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka called on Kenyans to support KDF soldiers and unite in mourning the fallen soldiers in what has been described as the heaviest loss that the country has suffered in Somalia since its invasion in 2011.

“I spoke to Uhuru Kenyatta this morning and I assured him of our support as we mourn the death of our soldiers in Somalia,” said Odinga.

“I condone with the family of those who have lost their loved ones in Somalia and ask Kenyans to unite in supporting the KDF during this period.”

 By @benjaminwafula

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