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We are not leaving Somali until all liberated areas get governance-Karangi

16 August 2015, 09:37 John Kioko

Nairobi - Retired General Julius Karangi has said that it is a matter of time before Al Shabaab militants in Somalia are crushed.

Karangi said that the country has been able to fight Al Shabaab since KDF went into Somalia and that the country is not ready to withdraw its troops until all liberated areas are well governed.

Speaking at Leisure lodge resort in Kwale during the annual Law Society of Kenya conference, Karangi said that those attacking innocent citizens in the country are lone characters posing as militants.

“The remaining characters are those operating with AK 47s but that does not mean Al Shabaab is not finished,” he added.

The retired general said leaving Somali is not an option for now.

He further observed that US itself refused to assist Kenya after going into Somali citing the experience their soldiers  encountered in 1992 and 1993.

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“We were on our own in Somali and managed to crush militants and so we are not going to withdraw," he said.

Karangi told lawyers that Ethiopian and KDF troops are following leads to capture Al Shabaab strongholds.

“Recently our troops confronted them (Al Shabaab) in the city of Adara and we know the exact place where they are. It is a matter of time before we catch up with them,” he added.

Karangi said they will never define the length of KDF stay in Somali because they have to ensure all liberated areas are not left well governed so that Al Shabaab won't take over them again.

“That will be a waste of resources to Kenya because we have paid the price with the blood of our people,” he added.

He said that Kenya has over 4 000 Somali soldiers who cannot be left alone without a stable government.

Karangi was responding to former vice president Kalonzo Musyoka who sought to know the exit strategy for the country from Somali.

Senator Judith Sinjeny said Kenya must have a formula for leaving Somali.

“It is time to monitor and evaluate the situation and let people know what is going on. If withdrawing is not option we will know. The united nation should get in and help Somali issues,” she said.

She said that Al Shabaab should not be a Kenyan issue and called on other countries to join hands so KDF can come back to protect our borders.

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