Kenya may re­ject fu­ture UN peace mis­sions - an­gry CS

Mo­hamed says sack­ing Ondieki hu­mil­i­ates Kenya and in­sults its will­ing­ness to ad­vo­cate peace. ‘We are a sovereign state and can­not be ridiculed by an or­gan­i­sa­tion’

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - LEWIS NYAUNDI @X_nyaun­diH

Kenya might not take part in fu­ture peace­keep­ing mis­sions af­ter it was hu­mil­i­ated by the sack­ing of its com­man­der in South Su­dan, For­eign Af­fairs CS Amina Mo­hamed has said.

Early this month, Kenya or­dered the im­me­di­ate with­drawal of 1,100 troops from South Su­dan af­ter UN chief Ban Ki-moon fired Lt Gen John­son Ondieki.

The UN said he failed to pro­tect nearby civil­ians un­der at­tack by sol­diers. Some aid work­ers were killed, some raped and others in­jured in the vi­o­lence that made global head­lines.

Speak­ing on the phone on Sun­day, Mo­hamed termed the dis­missal “a hu­mil­i­a­tion of Kenya’s will­ing­ness to ad­vo­cate for peace in the con­ti­nent”. “We are a sovereign state and we can­not be ridiculed by an or­gan­i­sa­tion. The coun­try is re­ally con­tem­plat­ing on its in­volve­ment in fu­ture peace­keep­ing mis­sions,” the CS said.

She said a se­ries of er­rors oc­curred dur­ing the dis­missal. Kenya did not get an of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion ex­plain­ing his re­moval, Mo­hamed said.

She said de­spite Kenya’s ef­forts to re­solve the is­sue am­i­ca­bly, its ef­forts were fu­tile as the UN failed to re­spond. “The Kenyan gov­ern­ment tried to reach the of­fices of UN and they failed to re­spond,” the CS said.

She crit­i­cised the de­ci­sion to dis­miss the com­man­der with­out a full re­port. “The UN acted on an ex­ec­u­tive re­port. We had ex­pected that as an in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion it would wait for the full re­port be­fore giv­ing a ver­dict,” Amina said.

She also said Ondieki had only served as head of the mis­sion for 21 days be­fore the vi­o­lence erupted.

“Ondieki started work­ing on June 17, vi­o­lence erupted on July 8. He had barely taken charge of the mis­sion. I don’t see why he is car­ry­ing the whole blame over the is­sue,” the CS said.

Kenya has dis­patched more than 30,000 troops in more than 40 mis­sions since 1974.

/JACK OWUOR

The first batch of KDF troops from the UN peace­keep­ing mis­sion in South Su­dan ar­rive at JKIA on Novem­ber 9. The Pres­i­dent or­dered im­me­di­ate troop with­drawal in re­sponse to sack­ing of the Kenyan com­man­der of the UN force, Lt Gen John­son Ondieki

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