How terror attacks in Kampala may shape Kenya’s Presidential race next year

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the twin suicide bombing in Kampala in which six people were reportedly killed

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga had in 2016 called for the withdrawal of KDF troops from Somalia to stop the terror group from slaughtering innocent Kenyans

By The Weekly Vision Online

The twin suicide bombing in Kampala that has so far claimed 6 lives and left scores injured may turn out to be a major subject during campaigns as the country heads into an election year. At the heart of security concerns is the continued deployment of Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) troops in Kismayu, Somalia.

Lately, none of Kenya’s top aspirants for president has commented on the issue if elected into office next year. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga had in 2016 called for the withdrawal of KDF troops to stop the terror group from slaughtering innocent Kenyans. This after the Mpeketoni attacks in 2015 claimed up to 150 lives. But President Kenyatta accused Odinga of doublespeak saying he was then serving as Prime Minister when President Mwai Kibaki deployed troops to Kismayu in 2011. Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka also urged Nairobi to consider pulling out troops.

The terror group struck the upscale Westgate Mall in 2016 killing 68 people who included close relatives of a powerful family in the country

Mr Musyoka said Kenyans were dying in a “war” that is not of their making!Deputy President William Ruto is yet to speak on the KDF Somalia issue. KDF has been battling the Somalia based terror group Alshabab since 2011 when the country’s soldiers overrun the neighbouring country and took charge of Kismayu, a commercial port city.

In retaliation, the terror group struck the upscale Westgate Mall in 2016 killing 68 people who included close relatives of a powerful family in the country. Earlier in 2015, the group struck at the Garissa university killing over 150 people most of whom were students. 

Along the long porous Kenya-Somalia border, the terror group keeps planting IEDs, often blowing up Kenyan military and police trucks killing and maiming many. In the vast Boni forest in Lamu, Alshabab operatives have staged hit and run incursions against Kenyan security personnel.   Recently both countries were embroiled in a boundary dispute in oil-rich Indian ocean waters. Alshabab is on recording demanding that Kenya withdraws her troops from Kismayu, its economic bread basket, or continue to face attacks

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