28th December 2015, Kenya’s Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Samson Mwathethe has reaffirmed that KDF will not leave Somalia until Al Shabaab is defeated.
KDF’s Chief in a media interview reaffirmed KDF commitment in the war against terror saying that Kenya Defence Forces will remain in Somalia and will continue to battle the Al Qaeda affiliated jihadist group under AMISOM banner until the militant outfit is defeated.
General Mwathethe said the Kenyan troops mandate in Somalia will continue until Kenya’s border with Somalia are secure.
The general compared Al Shabaab with a crawling snake that must be eradicated.
KDF boss further appealed to members of public to cooperate with security personnel to flush out any militants hiding in their midst.
KDF Chief said this in regards to the recent series of attacks in Mandera linked to the Al Shabaab where intelligence has warned of growing terror cells in the region.
Intelligence has pointed out possibility of some local residents collaborating with Al Shabaab in providing them with food and medical supplies besides giving them information.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery on his part asked Kenya security forces to remain vigilant ready to preempt any potential terror attacks.
While in Lamu, Interior CS warned that Al Shabaab is facing stiff rivalry from a faction that recently decamp it camp to Islamic State might try to strike in desperation to prove relevance.
Nkaisserry noted that Al Shabaab which is breaking into smaller factions will and must be defeated by KDF and other security forces that joined in the war against terror.
He also implored on Kenyans to remain vigilant, give out any information that may help in winning war against the terrorists.