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MP calls for withdrawal of KDF from Somalia

03 December 2014, 17:10 Robert Chepkwony

Nakuru - Njoro Member of Parliament, Joseph Kiuna has called for withdrawal of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) from Somalia and instead asked the government to establish a buffer zone on Kenya’s borders to curb entry of militants.

Kiuna, a Jubilee legislator and retired military personnel, said it hunting for the militants in a foreign country while leaving the country under further attacks did not make sense.

“The government needs to withdraw its KDF officers from Somalia and then concentrate on protecting the country’s borders,” said the MP when he addressed the media in Nakuru.

While reiterating that the Mandera attacks were not religious-based, Kiuna asked political leaders to play a pivotal role in supporting the government in matters national security.

At the same time, the MP faulted the 2010 promulgated constitution saying that amendment of clauses touching on security matters are needed so as to give more powers to security chiefs.

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“The main problem is in the constitution. Much as we are the ones that passed it, those given the security dockets have no powers to act freely in matters national insecurity,” noted Kiuna.

He also supported the move by President Uhuru to extend national assembly sittings to December, saying this will give them enough time to discuss matters crucial to the country, including the need to amend the clauses.

On the same note, Kiuna wondered why religious leaders are not coming out clearly to condemn the heinous acts of murder against innocent Kenyans.

Asked whether he supports calls for total withdrawal of the KDF officers in Somalia, the MP was quick to say: “I don’t mean they will be withdrawn, no! But some of them can be redeployed back and defend their mission because their primary duty is to protect Kenyans.”

His sentiments came a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta gave in to calls for a complete overhaul of top security personnel by replacing the Internal Security CS as well as accepting resignation and retirement of David Kimaiyo as Inspector General of Police.

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