Published On: Mon, Nov 21st, 2016

Kenyan troops to exit Somalia in 2018

Kenyan troops alongside the other Amisom soldiers are set to start exiting Somalia in 2018.

According to Francisco Caetano, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia Ambassador, the troops will leave the nation and be replaced by over 20,000 trained Somali soldiers who will continue with the peace and stability quest.

During a press briefing in a Nairobi hotel, Mr Caetano also called upon the Somalian Army to prepare for the tough job ahead of them.

“We need to give guns to these people, because a soldier is prepared to fight. We should capacitate the Somalia army and they should be well prepared to take over from us,” he was quoted by the nation.

The troops were sent in the nation in 2017 after the rise of Al Shaabab, a terror group related to the Al Qaida.

Kenya is part of the over 22,000-person army in the nation and the  government has  been under pressure from the opposition demanding the exit, saying that the soldiers’ presence there is the reason behind the regular terror attacks on Kenyans.

However, the  government has stayed put, saying that such step would show cowardice.

The exit process will be complete by 2020.

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