Kenya's Opposition Leader Wants Troops Out of Somalia if Elected as President

0
Tuesday July 25, 2017 - 11:50:30 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
  • Visits: 533
  • (Current Rating 0.0/5 Stars) Total Votes: 0
  • 0 0
  • Share via Social Media

    Kenya's Opposition Leader Wants Troops Out of Somalia if Elected as President

    NAIROBI (Somali Update Online) — Kenyan main opposition leader Raila Odinga has said he will proceed to withdraw his country's troops strategically out of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) citing insecurity inside Kenya.

    Share on Twitter Share on facebook Share on Digg Share on Stumbleupon Share on Delicious Share on Google Plus

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga speaks at Presidential Debate on TV on Monday 24th July, 2017. | Photo video screenshot.
NAIROBI (Somali Update Online) — Kenyan main opposition leader Raila Odinga has said he will proceed to withdraw his country's troops strategically out of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) citing insecurity inside Kenya.
Mr. Odinga said entering Somalia was not favourable to U.S government and European Union because they turned down Kenya's application for support before the Kenyan forces were sent into Somalia in October 2011.
"We moved into Somalia, then we received information from the military that pushing Al-Shabab into Somalia will not amount much unless we liberated the port of Kismayo, which was the main source of supply for Al-Shabab." Mr. Odinga said during a live Presidential Debate on TV on Monday night.
Kenya's general election is set for August 8th and Mr. Odinga is one of eight candidates vying for the country's top position including the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.
Following Al-Shabab militant group attacks and abductions in its northeastern region, Kenya sent its military to Somalia in October 2011, when Mr. Odinga was then Prime Minister of Kenya's Coalition Government.
He said, before Nairobi deployed its military into Somalia, the Kenyan officials have approached western countries for financial support but did not succeed.
INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT
"We did applied for international support. The U.S declined. The EU [European Union] declined." narrated Mr. Odinga who now runs for presidency as the flag bearer of the opposition group, National Super Alliance. "We have decided to use our own military; the military, air force, the Navy. We have liberated the port [town] of Kismayo. Thereafter we should have retreated back to our borders." he faulted.
The opposition chief blasted re-hatting of Kenyan forces into African Union Mission (AMISOM) was the main mistake done by the Kenyan government because the militant group, he said, penetrated into the Kenyan towns in the Northeastern.
Asked how he would deal terror attacks inside Kenyan soil, Mr. Odinga pointed out to an African Union [AU] Resolution which instructed the neighboring countries to stay away from interfering Somalia.
"The AU passed a resolution that neighboring countries should not send their troops for fear of retaliatory attacks. We have now witnessed to these retaliatory attacks." Mr. Odinga the moderators and the audience of the debate by mentioning out the 2013 Westgate attack in Nairobi by Al-Shabab that left 67 killed and several others in the border town of Mandera.
"We need to withdraw our troops strategically from Somalia to our border." he announced.

- SOMALI UPDATE ONLINE -


Leave a comment

  Tip

  Tip

  Tip

  Tip

  Tip