Kenyan leader dismisses claims troops involved in illicit trade in Somalia
16 November 2015, 21:29
Bungoma - Kenyan President Uhuru
Kenyatta on Saturday dismissed claims that the country's troops who are part of
the Africa Union forces in Somalia were involved in illicit sugar and charcoal
Kenyatta termed the allegations that the Kenyan soldiers in
Somalia were collaborating with Al-Shabaab in the illegal charcoal and sugar
trade, that recently appeared in some sections of the press, as "most
ridiculous and misplaced."
He instead assured the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and other
security agencies of support as they go about defending and protecting the
country from criminals.
"We will stand firm with our security agents because we
know the important role they play in keeping our country safe," said
Kenyatta who is on a tour of Bungoma County in Western region.
Kenyatta said it was unfortunate that there were some Kenyan
leaders who, instead of encouraging the KDF to remain firm in their commitment
to protecting the country, had join the bandwagon of those criticizing the
country's security agents.
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"Instead of commending our security forces who are
making major sacrifices to defend and guard the country against terrorists,
some Kenyan leaders are discouraging them by supporting the misplaced
allegations," he said.
The report which was launched in Nairobi on Thursday by
Journalists For Justice (JFJ) rights group says the KDF is involved in a 400
million U.S. dollars sugar and charcoal smuggling business that funds
Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia.
Kenyatta said Kenyans are fully behind the KDF and they will
not allow criminals kill innocent people.
"You saw what happened in Paris where more than 150
people were killed by terrorists. Would you like us to allow these people to
move freely in our country and harm us? Of course not," Kenyatta said.
The Kenyan leader urged citizens to report to the
authorities any suspicious persons before they carry out their evil intentions.
"That is why we insist that our military and other
Kenyan security agents must be give room to carry out their work without
political interference," he added.