Stop calling for withdrawal of KDF form Somalia, Opposition told

Stop calling for withdrawal of KDF form Somalia, Opposition told
Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) officers. PHOTO/FILE

Embu leaders have criticised Opposition leaders for advocating for the withdrawal of the Kenya Defense Force (KDF) officers from Somalia, saying that their calls were gravely misplaced.

The leaders emphasised that KDF was in Somalia for the greater good of the country and the region in general, noting that Al Shabaab posed a great threat to Kenya’s security.

Former Cabinet Minister Njeru Ndwiga argued that the Kibaki administration had no choice other than to send the KDF troops to Somalia, noting that Al Shabaab had executed numerous attacks on Kenyan soil.

Ndwiga asked Opposition leaders why they had gone back on their support of the AMISOM mission, yet they had supported it during Kibaki’s tenure in office.

Embu gubernatorial hopeful, Kithinji Kiragu, said that Kenyan soldiers should stay put in Somalia until the threat is neutralised. He went on to state that the soldiers were acting as a buffer, protecting civilians from militia attacks.

The two leaders further accused the Opposition of making light of the soldiers’bravely, especially at a time when the country is mourning the loss of numerous solders.

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