President Uhuru Kenyatta says his soldiers will not leave the warring Somalia until all Al Shabaab militants have been neutralised.
Kenyatta made the remarks while addressing the nation after the insurgents overrun an African Union military base killing hundreds of Kenyan soldiers.
The Opposition led by CORD leader and former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, has thrown its weight behind Kenyatta to rally Kenyans to remain united in the face of the enemy.
In a statement, CORD fraternity said it was gratified at the assurance by the President of the Republic of Kenya that Defence Forces are doing everything possible to make sure the country brings home fallen and injured heroes and that their families are being given the support and information they need at this moment of grief.
“We owe no less to our soldiers and their families. We share the president’s faith that our soldiers did not die in vain.”
Raila said the forces of terror must not be allowed to spread mayhem in the region and in the world.
“They must remain unwelcome here at home in the same way they are unwelcome in Somalia and other parts of the world.”
“On these, we must stand together as one nation. It is our hope that as our country stands with the international community in the war against terror; the whole world will equally stand with Kenya in both word and action against these evil force.”
Once again, Raila appealed to Kenyans to stand united against the common threats to the country’s freedom and way of life.
“As preparations are being made to give the victims a fitting send off, we join the families, friends and relatives of the victims in celebrating and honouring these our gallant, fallen heroes. Their memories shall forever live with us.”