UK’s Development Minister meets with Somalia president
National Security chairman Asman Kamama and his Defence counterpart Ndungu Gethenji also asked Cord leaders Raila Odinga, Moses Wetang’ula and Kalonzo Musyoka not to politicise the concerns over the presence of Kenyan troops in Somalia.
The Cord principals have asked the government to account for the number of soldiers and officers killed in Somalia since the start of Operation Linda Nchi in October 2011.
They have also demanded the withdrawal of the troops from Somalia on the basis that their mission there ended, there have been allegations that they sell charcoal and terrorism in Kenya has not abated.
But Mr Kamama and Mr Gethenji, joined by John Nakara (Turkana Central, URP) said the Cord leaders were party to the deployment when they were in the last government and therefore shouldn’t complain.
UK Minister Mitchell praised the Somali government and its people for their courage and commitment to fight against Al-Shabaab and progress in debt relief through economic reforms.