Opposition leaders have renewed their calls for the withdrawal of Kenyan troops from Somalia as a measure of deflecting terrorist attacks. They said Al-Shabaab had made it clear that the presence of Kenyan troops in Somalia was the reason the country was often targeted by jihadist groups.
Speaking at Moi University’s Odera Akango campus in Yala during the burial of writer and politician Grace Ogot, the leaders asked the government to reassess Kenya’s involvement in Somalia’s civil war. Intelligence briefs Siaya Senator James Orengo noted that the US had withdrawn it troops from Afghanistan because occupation was ultimately unsustainable.
“We know very well the consequences of a war of occupation. We must withdraw our troops from Somalia to end this. We must rethink our strategy and have a targeted and principled way of engaging Somalia rather than put our people at risk,” said Orengo. ” See also: Grief as relatives identify bodies at Chiromo mortuary Condemning the Garissa terror attack that resulted in 152 deaths, Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo said Kenya should draw key lessons from Ethiopia which has a longer border with Somalia but is hardly a target of attacks.
To stem further attacks, Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo challenged President Uhuru Kenyatta to iron out problems in the police service. “The President should organise the chain of command in the force to more effectively engage with the Al-Shabaab,” he said.,Seme’s Dr James Nyikal said the Government should utilise the intelligence reports it receives to avert attacks. “We have on many occasions failed to prevent attacks because we ignore intelligence reports,” he said. Others who attended the funeral paid tribute to Ogot. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s wife Ida described Ogot as a great African who should be emulated. Ogot was my mentor.
Nominated women leaders should emulate her achievements and seek elective positions like she did,” said Mrs Odinga. Former Karachuonyo MP Phoebe Asiyo asked women not to only depend on affirmative action to progress. Great leader “We went through a great deal in the past but stood firm. This should emulated by other women leaders,” said Asiyo.
Source: Standard Media