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KDF to remain in Somalia, Uhuru insists

17 June 2015, 15:29 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The Kenya Defence Forces will remain in Somalia until the war on Al Shabaab is won, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

The President, speaking after visiting injured Kenya Defence Forces soldiers at the Forces Memorial Hospital in Nairobi, stated that there was no way the country would leave Somalia with the war not yet won.

" We will remain in Somalia until the war is won. Nothing will stop us from staying there, not even the attacks on the country," the president said.

He also took time to thank all the KDF soldiers for putting their lives on the line for the country and said that their sacrifice will never be forgotten.

" On behalf of Kenyans I thank the soldiers that have chosen to defend the country and those that have especially paid the ultimate cost by losing their livers," he stated.

" Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Ever," he thanked the soldiers.

The opposition CORD coalition has called on the government to pull the KDF out of Somalia to stop the attacks by Al Shabaab militia in the country but Uhuru says that taking such a move would be to the advantage of the terrorists.

" We will not be dictated to terms by terrorists. That is out of the question. We will fight them until we finish them," he stated.

The government has stalled in giving official figures of the number of dead KDF soldiers since the war in Somalia begun, but insiders state that they are in the hundreds.

Since the first Shabaab attack in the country, over 350 Kenyan lives have been lost to terrorism.

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