By Geoffrey Wainaina
Raila Odinga today face to face with the President did not ask President Kenyatta to pull Out our soldiers out of Somalia immediately as they do in CORD rallies, there is a reason for that….. He Knows very well as i do that it would not only be cowardly and ignorant But Stupid too. The enemy will attack us with more glee and arrogance than before…
As a Matter of fact to quote him verbatim he said ” Your excellency we need an exit strategy out of somalia, We are not saying now… We have to act in what is in the best interest of Kenya… When America Soldiers pulled out of Somalia it was not that Alshabab was stronger than the American Army….
SO Back to my facts again
FACT ONE-Those who call for withdrawal of KDF from Somalia to guard Our borders should understand that….If the KDF will be Manning Our border from Somalia’s Side that is not pulling KDF from Somalia but redeploying them in Somalia. So it would be better to ask the CIC to redeploy those Soldiers within the country in the barracks to go man our border as we erect a wall… It does not make sense to ask the CIC to withdraw the 3000+ KDF from Somalia who are under a well funded Programme AMISON to come and mann our boundary… while We can utilize the more than 20000+ in the barracks within the country to go secure our boundary with Somalia.
FACT TWO-When you ask Uhuru to have an exit strategy you are assuming he doesn’t have One.. AS a Commander IN Chief Uhuru Kenyatta Knows that KDF will not be in somalia for ever… they will be in Somalia until when they have crushed all Potential danger to Kenyans… That’s what Odinga call’s Kenya’s best interest. It will NOT be now it may take two, three, four, Five, six, Seven or Eight years from now. But Just Know that there is an exit strategy and its not determined by politcal calls but realities on the ground.
FACT THREE- Those who call for pull Out of Alshabab because they are hitting us and Killing us here in Kenya are adopting “Cowards strategy”… You only apply that strategy when you have nothing to loose.. Americans did not pull out of Somalia.. The were humiliated out of Somalia… Images of their soldiers being dragged dead on the streets made them run out of Somalia for their lives.. They did not just pull out.. They were Cowards who fled from the enemy. If we adopt the American strategy Alshabab will now claim North Eastern. They will be hitting us on a daily basis until we give them N.E… and they will claim Parts of Coast Province… its a strategy for cowards!
FACT FOUR-Those who ask our Soldiers to come back and secure us here in Kenya are ignorant between homeland security and State Security… Homeland Security is the Mandate of the Police..They are specifically trained to deal with any criminals within Our boundaries.. The army is only occasionally called to help… when situations run out of hand due to the inadequacies within our Police force… They are not supposed to. Military are trained to secure our territories and boundaries.. They are trained to pursue an enemy even in their own country..They are not trained to deal with arrests and maintaining of Law and order within a state… They are trained to Protect that state from external aggression and that is Precisely why they are in Somalia..