A Report by a group calling itself Journalists for Justice rights group accuses the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) of being involved in banned charcoal trade in Somalia besides sugar smuggling.
The Nairobi based journalist cited his sources and data references as intelligence officers, traders, and ex-soldiers. The journalist never interviewed any military officer let alone intelligence officers, Intelligence reports show. He is a sensationalist. There are reports he was paid by a local media to publish the story.
The army does not engage in illegal trade at all. If involved, maritime security deployed across the Indian Ocean could have intercepted the ships. They’d then investigate how such contraband left a port under AMISOM command. The report would apportion blame on the authorities who cleared the contraband.
According to the Kenya Army, the report is alarmist and subversive. It’s intended to dent the image of the army. Kenya Army remains the most trusted security arm by Kenyan’s.
In last September, KDF intercepted a ship with undeclared weapons and drugs, how can someone in the UN then apportion blame on KDF about the contraband?
“The report is a farce. It’s based on hearsay and conspiracy theories”, a senior military intelligence officer told SIS
According to the National Intelligence Service of Kenya (NIS), what is happening in Kenya, particularly as witnessed in recent past, is subversion. “When journalists gang up with politicians to paint their country as evil and in the verge of collapsing, it’s indicative of subversive activity.”
“What is more worrying is that, these people are sabotaging their own country, not Uganda or Ethiopia. What will happen if it collapses? Where will they and their children go or live? At times it requires commonsense and simple logic to be reasonable professionally.”
“A Kenya’s parliamentary committee on defense official asserts that “if media and politicians start attacking their own military, then we are doomed. I can’t believe what am reading on newspapers. I expect to see some analysis of the report, not a copy of an ill dossier in our own newspapers.”