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Omamo: Kenya Defence Forces won't pull out of Somalia

03 April 2014, 09:36

Nairobi -  Kenyan soldiers serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) will not be withdrawn until peace is restored.

Instead, there have been requests to increase the number of operatives in the terror-ridden Horn of Africa nation according to the Cabinet Secretary for Defence, Rachael Omamo.

She said thus the troops would remain in Somalia country until stability returned to that country.

The troops were deployed into Somalia in the year 2011 after several threats to sovereignty of Kenya’s borders by alleged Al Shabaab insurgents.

Omamo said that there had been requests by AMISOM to increase troops in Somalia from the current 17 000 to 20 000.

Without offering a definite answer, she said the Ministry would respond to the requests.

She added that the year 2014 will be a decisive year in the fight against the notorious Al Shabaab.

She also called upon Somalia to ensure governance in the already liberated towns.

“Governance structures should be put in place in the towns already liberated,” said Omamo.

There have been several terrorist attacks in the country after the KDF’s entry into Somalia including the scores that were killed at the upmarket Westgate Mall last year.

There has also been an increase in the number of refugees from Somalia coming into the country.

Omamo said that she expects refugees to be repatriated in the next three years with the hope stability will be retained in that country.

 – CAJ News

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