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Uhuru: We shall not be cowed by terrorists

01 October 2013, 19:57 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has sounded a warning to the Al Shabaab terrorists that Kenya will not be cowed by their threats of terror attacks if the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) are not withdrawn from Somalia.

Addressing senior government officials, the diplomatic core and other mourners during the National Prayers Day in memory of the Westgate terror victims, President Kenyatta said the Al Shabaab should aim at making Somalia a better country not to engage in heinous acts.

"I would like to warn the Al Shabaab that our soldiers will not leave Somalia until their house is put in order," said Kenyatta.

"They should also know that we did not cross our border to Somalia for war but they are the ones who came to Kenya kidnapping and holding our citizens and visitors hostages in exchange for ransom," added Kenyatta.

He also noted that Somalia has been unstable for the past two decades, forcing its citizens to seek refuge in Kenya as a result of the terrorists' frequent attacks.

Kenyatta was responding to the international community's call to fight acts of terrorism in the country which is considered a major global problem.

He further said that this should not be a time to blame government officers on who slept on the job saying his government is going to set up a Commission of inquiry on insecurity to determine the right measures to improve security and bridge any loopholes.

The President also challenged citizens not to depend on security officers to ensure there is security but called on them to be in the forefront of fostering it by being their 'brothers' keepers'.

He further cautioned the international community against enforcing travel advisories against Kenya saying this would lead to an economic crisis in a nation that is only a victim of terrorism.

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