Kenyan official suggests KDF exit plan from Somalia

The chairman of Kenya house of Senate National Security and Foreign Relations committee has said that his government is working on a strategy to withdraw troops from Somalia.

Senator Yusuf Hajji has said there is ongoing consultative meeting with Interior Cabinet, Defence, Inspector General of Police and Intelligence chief, adding that the House of Senate was working on its proposal to be presented to the Cabinet later.

The Garissa Senator said the Security Committee had since planned a retreat set for June 18 to collect more views and opinions to build up on their proposed exit strategy.

Haji told local media that the main aim is to come up with a ‘white paper’ that will detail a strategy on how to fight insecurity back home.

Kenya sent its troops inside southern Somalia on October 2011 to fight Al Shabaab that it said has threatened its national security and main economy tourism.

Kenyan troops joined African Union peace keeping mission in Somalia known as AMISOM in 2012 after capturing the strategic port city of Kismayo from Al Shabaab.

Al Shabaab has since carried out wave of attacks inside Kenya for retaliation of troops presence in Somalia.

Westgate attack in September 2013 and Garissa University attack on May this year  was the most deadly attack carried out and claimed by Al Shabaab inside Kenyan soil.

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