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MP wants morans send to Somalia for reinforcement

25 January 2016, 08:03 Steve Njuguna

Nairobi - An ODM lawmaker has called on the government to gather morans from the pastoral communities to reinforce the KDF Solders in Somalia.

Speaking at Kandutura Primray School in Rumuruti town over the weekend, Laikipia North Member of Parliament Mathew Lempurkel said that morans are ‘well energetic’ and can as well help in fighting the Al Shabaab terrorists.

He observed that majority of them have lived by the gun in the bush and that they would serve well in fighting the Shabaab militias since they are used to harsh and rough terrains.

“We have a lot of our young men who are walking with guns here. Why don’t we deploy them in Somalia? They are used to living in the bush and I believe ‘dawa ya moto ni moto’ let them go there and fight for our country,” he said.

The MP at the same time said that KDF troops should remain in Somali since withdrawing them will not change the situation.

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He challenged other leaders from across the political divide to support the government in restoring peace in the war-torn country.

Lempurkel called for hefty compensation to families of the fallen soldiers.

“These soldiers died while protecting our country from terrorists. As a sign of appreciation to them, our government should compensate their families heftily and take care of them,” he said, adding that it was sad to lose such dedicated heroes.

In a memorandum of understanding between the African Union and Kenyan Government signed in Ethiopia in June 2012, families of soldiers who die on duty are to be paid KES 4.4 million each in compensation.

This is one of the terms of service that Kenya Defence Forces troops serving with the African Union Mission to Somalia (Amisom) are entitled to.

The soldiers in Amisom also receive an allowances of $1,028 (KES 89 400) a month.

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