Former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, has asked the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta to withdraw Kenya Defence Forces from Somalia.
According to The Star Kenya Raila said the US pulled out of Somalia in 1993 after several of their soldiers were killed during the ‘Black Hawk Down’ incident.
US President Bill Clinton ordered his soldiers out of Somalia, where they had gone in to try and save Somalia from self-destruction.
Raila said Kenya should follow suit and pull out to minimise the number of deaths caused by al Shabaab.
He spoke during a church service at Jesus Winning Souls Ministry in Migadini, Mombasa, on Sunday.
KDF entered Somalia in October 2011 in pursuit of al Shabaab militia, who had launched attacks in Kenya and had kidnapped tourists and government officials.
Raila said constructing a boundary wall on the Kenya-Somalia border will not resolve insecurity.
He said the KDF mission in Somalia has come to an end and the soldiers should be brought back to guard Kenya’s borders.
The Cord leader said Kenyans are tired of terror attacks that have claimed many lives.
He also condemned the Garissa University College massacre in which 147 people were killed and more than 70 others injured.
Raila said al Shabaab is trying to divide Kenyans on religious lines by killing Christians.
Critic attacks Raila
However, a critic says Raila was part of the government that lobbied for KDF invasion to Somalia.
“After the invasion, Raila visited Israel, which offered to help Kenya to secure its borders. It was reported by the BBC that, Kenya got the backing of Israel to “rid its territory of fundamentalist elements” during Raila’s highly publicized visit to Israel.”
The critic says Raila’s highly publicized visit to Israel in early November to seek counter-terrorism support was seen as a diplomatic blunder that antagonized many during his NUSU MKATE reign.
“Today Raila is going against the government policy which he was part of and if anything his statements are contrary to his contribution to this mess. Politicizing this issue shows how a hypocrite Raila is in pretending that this problem exits as a result of UK’s presidency.”
The critic further alleges that “it is known that RAO will never accept UK’s ascent to the presidency, but will instead resort to vomiting and mudslinging”.
Another report says Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, reached out to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, after the Garissa attack.
“We stand together in the fight against terrorism and we will offer you any assistance required,” Netanyahu said Sunday evening, according to a statement released the Prime Minister’s Office.