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Uhuru not thinking of changes to KDF despite Somalia attack

20 January 2016, 19:01 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta will not make changes to KDF leadership, not yet at-least, despite the calamity killing of over 60 soldiers in an attack in Somalia. 

According to sources privy to the President, he is happy with the KDF leadership led by Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe.

He is also at the moment not keen to push for changes to the command in Somalia following the huge loss.

Kenya is expected to suffer huge losses, with some reports stating that as many as 100 soldiers might have died in the attack on their base in Al Adde Somalia last week Friday by Al Shabaab militants.

Many reports have stated that the attack could have been prevented if the command in-charge heeded intelligence reports that there could have been an attack on the camp.

The President is said to have been taken aback by the attack and killing of many soldiers and urged a quick turnaround from the KDF as regards the mission in Somalia.

" The President is happy for now. He is waiting to see the full picture before reflecting but at the moment there is no clamour for changes," the source told News24 in confidence.

Read alsoDespite pressure, KDF in no hurry to release Somalia attack information

The President has previously made changes to the Interior Ministry as well as Police command in the past when attacks took place within the country.

Speaking in Mombasa Tuesday, the President stated that he would no be cowed by the attacks and that the KDF would go on with the mission of liberating Somalia from terrorists.

" Kenya will not be cowed and the country will ensure that the soldiers who have passed on did not die in vain," he said in an address.

The KDF has also thus far insisted that it will only release a report on the attacks when the rescue mission is completed and has thus far resisted attempts to release any news on the attack.

So far, 31 bodies of dead soldiers have been returned home, with around 50 soldiers who survived also return home.

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