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Cleric says KDF should stay in Somalia

21 October 2014, 09:36 John Kioko

Mombasa - A cleric in Kwale County has supported the continued stay of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) in Somalia to fight the Al Shabaab militants.

Bishop Wilber Gogo of Gospel Revival Center Church in Coast region said that KDF should continue crushing the militants who have been a problem to Kenya.

He said that the soldiers should not leave Somalia until they stamp out the last element of Alshabaab in the country.

Kenyan forces that are now fighting under the AMISOM command moved into Somalia in 2011 and have continued to boast of major success in neutralising the Al Shabaab militia.

“Our officers went there to fight the militia and we tell them to continue defending our country until they crush the last militant," the bishop said.

He said since the officers are paid by tax payers' money they should not be thinking of withdrawing when the enemy is still there.

“We have to defeat the enemy but not the enemy to defeat us as a country. I encourage our brothers to soldier on and face the militant until the last one,” he added.

His sentiments come as Coalition for reforms and democracy leader Raila Odinga said that it is time for Kenya to withdraw its troops from neighboring Somalia.

Also read: Five Al Shabaab militants killed, car bomb recovered

Raila was recently quoted saying, “It is high time the Government should evaluate whether there is any reason to still have our soldiers at Somalia”.

“Does their continued stay in Somali bring peace to our country?” he posed.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has insisted that he has no intention of withdrawing the troops from the war torn country until they accomplish their mission.

Al-shabaab recruits have continued attacking Kenyans claiming they will stop if Kenya troop leaves Somalia soil.

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