Following the announcement of William Ruto as the winner of the August 9 General Election, the Al Shabaab group, through its propaganda communications division Al Kataib, outlined a number of requests for Kenya.
In a statement titled ‘Kenya at a Crossroads,’ the militia urged a change in foreign policy in order to prevent continued deployment of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) officers to Somalia.
KDF’s prolonged presence in Somalia, it was said, made little sense given that its goals had not yet been achieved 11 years later.
“It has been 11 years since Kenya invaded Somalia. To this day, however, the Kenyan military did not achieve any of its initial goals of the invasion.
“The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) remain besieged in their bases, unable to leave their bunkers. They are also incapable of conducting any effective military operations against the Mujahideen,” read the statement in part.
The militia also expressed their contempt for the silence portrayed by Ruto and his rival, Raila Odinga over the foreign policy issue during the campaign period.
The group claimed that the policy as is posed detrimental risks between Somalia and Kenya and needed to be revised.
“Throughout their election campaigns, the presidential candidates deliberately avoided addressing Kenya’s deteriorating security situation as well as their military invasion of Somalia. Kenyan politicians, it seems, are willing to persist upon the path of war to fulfil the interests of their western masters, putting the lives of their citizens at risk and the interest of their country in jeopardy,” the statement further read.
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