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KDF will remain in Somalia until peace is secured, says General Mwathethe

He announced the new measures to arrest the escalating cases of terror attacks in Kenya and said the country will not withdraw from Somalia until peace shall have been restored in Somalia.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 19 Oct 2016 12:57 EAT

The chief of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) General Samson Mwathathe has said that the Somalia-based militant group Al Shabaab still remains the biggest security threat to Kenya. As a result, General Mwathethe has announced deployment of more troops across the vast Kenya-Somali border to counter Al-shabaab and emerging ISIS threats.

The General at the same time said more static and mobile road blocks and check points are being mounted to prevent the movement of Al Shabaab and other terror groups into Kenya, with military contingents expected to take over the stretch from Mandera to Lamu, approximately 698 kilometres long.

“Kenya has borne the brunt of these [terror] threats because of the long border,” he said, explaining that porousity of the border had allowed many militiamen to make their way into the country and carry out attacks that has left dozens killed and hundreds fleeing.

He announced the new measures to arrest the escalating cases of terror attacks in the country as Kenya marked five years since the deployment of her troops to fight Al Shabaab in the war-torn Somalia and try to stabilise the country. The General also said Kenya will not withdraw from Somalia until peace shall have been restored in Somalia.

Last Friday General Mwathethe also witnessed the Kenya Defence Forces Day Celebrations at Kenya Navy Base Mtongwe, Mombasa. The event was also attended by Defence CS Raychelle Omamo who said since invading the war torn Somalia, 20 towns have been liberated and several Al-Shabaab camps destroyed. She said 6,000 Kenyan soldiers are out on the peace keeping mission.

Gen Mwathethe said Kenya has suffered under the hands of terror groups and warned that it was not ready to back off from eliminating the group.

He regretted that terrorists launched deadly attacks across the country and especially along the Coast crippling tourism industry, one of the key pillars of the country’s economy. “Following the collapse of the Somali Government, and the subsequent anarchy in the country, terrorists and pirates threatened the lives of people leaving in the horn of Africa and Great Lakes region” he said.

Mwathethe said KDF entry to Somalia proved that the Kenya is capable of protecting herself.

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