Monday February 1, 2016 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has been asked to withdraw Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) from Somalia instead of seeking reinforcement from the African Union (AU).
On Saturday, President Kenyatta asked for more reinforcement from AU Member States to help KDF forces, who are fighting Al Shabaab militants, in Somalia.
Speaking in Kuresoi South, Nakuru County on Saturday, Bomet Governor, Isaac Ruto, said many soldiers have died since the operation against Al Shabaab began on October 2011.
“Reliable sources indicate our soldiers have been branded enemies even by Somalis because of the damage they have caused in the fight,” Ruto said.
“This has contributed a lot to the hostile conditions for our soldiers. So I appeal to President Uhuru Kenyatta to quickly change his mind and command KDF back home,” Ruto added.
The outspoken Governor said he supports the fight against terrorists but due to the way KDF is treated in Somalia, the soldiers should retreat and man our borders instead.
“The US army some time back left Somalia and yet they remain a superpower. So pulling out does not mean we are cowards. Even in history tactics were changed in every war,” he said.