Kenyan troops will not leave Somalia, MPs say

NAIROBI (KON) - The Kenyan military will not leave Somalia unless the African Union or the Somali government asks for their withdrawal, the heads of the parliamentary National Security and Defence and Foreign Affairs committees have said.
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Kenyan troops will not leave Somalia, MPs say

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.