NAIROBI, The Kenyan government’s military operation in Boni Forest meant to flash out suspected Al- Shabaab militants is set to be extended for an unspecified period in Lamu, Garissa and Tana River counties.
Director of the Boni Enclave campaign Joseph Kanyiri says plans are in place to integrate civil rights groups, Non Governmental Organizations, government institutions, county governments, political leaders and local residents to aid in infiltrating the Rag Tag Al- Shabaab militia.
The country is leaving nothing to chance as it seeks to exploit all its options in sealing loopholes used by the militants to launch attacks in Kenya.
Three years after the launch of the campaign dubbed ‘operation Linda Boni’ the government says it is not ready to end its efforts in repulsing the militia suspected to be using the forest to shield themselves and plan attacks.
Despite the operation recording success of nearly neutralizing the terrorist group in the expansive forest, Kanyiri says termination of the programme may occasion retaliatory attacks from the Militia group.
Kanyiri said the attacks have negatively affected the economy and point at the possibility that the attackers could have had help from the locals.
Lamu County leaders hailing the extension of the operation, say it will help to ensure security adding that currently over five schools have been closed within the Boni forest due to insecurity.
Meanwhile, the government has unveiled a monument to commemorate Kenyan soldiers who died protecting the country against terrorist group Al-Shabaab.
Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo who led thousands of Kenyans in marking this year’s Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Day at Isiolo Barracks noted that the fallen soldiers will forever be remembered for making magnificent sacrifices for the nation.
They KDF soldiers spend gruelling hours under severe circumstances and even harsh weather to defend Kenya’s borders.
They have dedicated their lives to fighting the enemy to ensure Kenya remains safe.
In the spririt of service to the nation, several officers of the Kenya Defence Forces have lost their lives; families have been left without bread winners.
CS Omamo, who was accompanied by Chief of Defence Forces Samson Mwathethe, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and other senior army officials, led the sixth anniversary that was marked with pomp and color.
In honour of their commitment to defend Kenya’s sovereignty, a monument was unveiled to honor the fallen heroes who paid the ultimate price.
Omamo said that the occasion was only meant to remind Kenyans that freedom is not free, it comes at a cost.
Entertainment activities included martial arts techniques and traditional dances.
Isiolo barracks houses the 78 Tank Battalion, School of Armour and the armoured brigade headquarters.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK