Uhuru needs no ‘ad­vice’ on S Su­dan troops pull­out

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

A Ki­ambu leg­is­la­tor yes­ter­day de­fended Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s with­drawal of the KDF troops from war-torn South Su­dan and its with­drawal from the peace process. Lari MP Mburu Ka­hangara (pic­tured) said the Pres­i­dent does not need any political ad­vice to send or with­draw troops on a mis­sion. He said the de­ci­sion to with­draw the Kenya Defence Force soldiers was made by the National Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee. He said Uhuru has not by­passed Par­lia­ment, as claimed by op­po­si­tion leader Raila Odinga and oth­ers. The troop with­drawal fol­lows the sack­ing of Lt Gen Johnson Ondieki. He was dis­missed by the UN as head of the peace­keep­ing force in South Su­dan af­ter a UN re­port said he was re­spon­si­ble for fail­ure to come to the aid of nearby aid work­ers who were at­tacked, some killed and raped by soldiers. Speak­ing in Ki­mende town, Ka­hangara told the op­po­si­tion to stop politi­cis­ing the with­drawal of troops, since it in­volves the national se­cu­rity. “Even if he is the com­man­der-in-chief, that does not mean he does what he likes. He con­sults on mat­ters in­volv­ing the national se­cu­rity,” the MP said. Ka­hangara said the South Su­dan is­sue should not be dis­cussed in pub­lic ral­lies. He said most op­po­si­tion lead­ers have at one time or the other held se­nior gov­ern­ment po­si­tions and they know the threat of ex­pos­ing the gov­ern­ment se­cu­rity to the enemies. “When we dis­cuss such is­sues publicly and start ac­cus­ing each other be­fore our enemies, they can take ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion, which is very danger­ous. He called the op­po­si­tion ir­re­spon­si­ble.

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