KDF should stay put in Somalia, says MP

Teso North Legislator Arthur Odera and National Council for Persons with Disability chairman David ole Sangok have urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to disregard CORD’s call to pullout Kenya’s troops from Somalia.

The two who were addressing the press at Kakemer Special School in Teso North said Somalia has been lawless for decades and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISON) troops were there to restore peace.

“If we withdraw our forces from Somalia the country will be taken over by the Al- Shabaab militia as the government in place has no capability to fight the terrorists. If we do not wipe out the militia group, then the terror group will do more harm here in Kenya as it has done

before,” Odera stated.

He regretted the recent terror attack on a Kenyan military camp in Somalia and appealed to families whose relatives were missing to remain calm as the government addresses the whereabouts of their kin through the ongoing search and rescue operations.

He added, “The government is doing everything to find out the missing soldiers. If somebody is missing even the military cannot tell where they are. They might have escaped and died in the forest or they might have been taken captive. “Let us be patient. I know there are sacrifices but our forces should remain there.”

Sangok reiterated Odera’s sentiments, saying those calling for withdrawal were the very ones who were in government when the troops went to Somalia.

“President Uhuru and his Deputy William Ruto took power when our troops were in Somalia. Those who are now calling for the pullout were the very people who participated in sending the troops there,” asserted Sangok.

“Raila Odinga was the Prime Minister, Kalonzo Musyoka was the Vice President and Moses Wetangula was a Cabinet Minister at that time and hence have no moral authority to ask the government to bring back the troops,” he stated, adding that the opposition leaders should desist from politicizing the war against terrorist.

By Melechezedeck Ejakait

Source: Kenya News Agency