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Kenya: Ex-Premier urges U.S to help Kenya pull out of Somalia


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By Estera Popowska
Kenya’s former Prime Minister and Cord leader Raila Odinga, has called upon U.S President Barack Obama and the US government to help Kenyan troops pull out from Somalia, Daily Nation reported Sunday.

Mr Odinga and Mr Musyoka reportedly fronted the appeal to US senators Chris Coons of Delaware and his New York counterpart Kristen Gillibrand at a dinner hosted by Mr Odinga at his Karen home in Kenya. They reportedly pleaded for total American support for the campaign to have Kenyan troops, who are part of an African Union force, leave Somalia.
On April 4, Kenyan Members of Parliament including an ex- Deputy Prime Minister y called for the withdrawal of the Kenya Defense Forces from Somalia.

Last week, Kenyan law makers, Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Andrew Toboso (Butere) and Ayub Savula (Lugari) and Former Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi said the prolonged stay of the Kenyan troops in Somalia has led to frequent terror attacks in Kenya. The Kenyan officials were reportedly speaking at Ibokolo Primary School on Saturday during the burial of Melisa Wameyo, mother of Mumias Sugar Company board chairman Dan Ameyo.

Al Shabab has targeted Kenya in retribution for Kenya sending its troops to Somalia. Al-Shabab is well known for its attack on Kenyan soils, with the deadliest being the Westgate mall in Nairobi in 2013, and Somalia's presidential palace, which it attacked twice last year.

Kenyan Government urges UN to close camp housing over 500,000 Somalis

Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto said the Kenyan government had given the United Nations a three-month ultimatum to close Dadaab refugee complex in north-eastern Kenya, which mostly hosts Somali refugees.

The Deputy President said the Jubilee government had started talks with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to shut down the camp. If no agreement is reached the government would use force to close down the vast camps in Dadaab.

Kenya is party to three international agreements that prohibit forced return of the refugees. The Un refugee agency said in February there were at least 335,000 refugees in the camp, but some reports say they are close to 500,000.

“If the UN does not move them within the next three months, we will go there with buses and lorries and remove them,” Mr Ruto said (Source: Daily Nation and Agencies)