FORMER minister Amukowa Anangwe has slammed the Orange Democratic Movement for demanding for the withdrawal of KDF soldiers from Somalia.
ODM acting party leader Anyang’ Nyong’o in a statement sent to newsroom on Sunday said the continued presence of Kenyan troops in Somalia is dangerous as a wave of attacks continues.
“We are forced to ask again: When are our troops getting out of Somalia? What is the game plan for our exit? Where is the road map for a secure Kenya and a stable Somalia?” Nyong’o had said in the statement.
Anangwe said it is “foolhardy, nonsensical and cowardly” for ODM to demand for the withdrawal of the Kenyan contingent from Somalia saying Kenya troops in Somalia do not number more than 5,000 soldiers, which he said is less than a quarter of Kenya’s troops.
“It is also not strategic for Kenya to abandon AMISOM at this hour of increased and successful operations.The Al Shabaab has lost most towns in Somalia. If the Al Shabaab is not defeated decisively in Somalia, and are allowed to bring down the current Somalia Government, then the long-term security of Kenya would be at risk,” he said in his official face book page.
Anangwe served as a minister of medical services under president Moi’s regime.