There is more to fighting Alshabaab than the capturing of Kismayu

Posted: October 5, 2012 in Politics/Current issues

The Kenya Defense Force finally entered and captured Kismayu. A city believed to be the central hub for the Al-shabaab. These move made by the KDF couldn’t have come at the right time and should be seen as a very big step towards the war on terrorism.

When our troops entered Somalia in October last year, their main mission was to ensure that they wipe out this terror group. This led to the capturing of the first two towns, Tabta and Dhobley. What followed was the capture of other major towns believed to be the Alshabaab strongholds and with now the last town, Kismayu which is a major victory for our troops.

The government was prompted to send its troops to Somalia after the Alshbaab were linked to various terror attacks in the country, threatening our national security. So many lives were lost, tourists kidnappings cases reported and grenade attacks experienced in Nairobi and other towns in the country, the Alshabaab always took responsibility for these. The government could not sit down and watch as its citizens die and its national security being threatened and hence the decision the war in Somalis.


With this progress having made, what does it mean for our country, especially in security related matters? Despite capturing Kismayu and wiping out the terror group, a lot more still has to be done. Reports indicated that during the Kismayu raid, the militants could be seen escaping and moving towards forest and areas close to Kismayu after they noticed they had been overpowered. Other areas that they could have escaped to no one know and it is possible they could have entered some of the countrys in East Africa, including our own Kenya.


It is obvious that the group will be on a revenge mission in coming days. Just last Sunday, a grenade was thrown into a church in Nairobi killing a nine year old boy and injuring nine other children who were attending a Sunday school service. This could just be the situation in coming days and the government has to therefore put in enough measures to counter these attacks. The Kenya Police manning our borders should be more vigilant and ensure no suspicious characters are allowed to enter the country without there mission being carefully investigated.

The last few weeks has seen several people believed to be members of the terror group arrested in the country and found with bombs, grenades and other dangerous weapons. The arrested people were believed to be plotting attacks in various towns in the country. With the amount of Arsenal found in their possession, it was clear that the magnitude of their planned attacks was going to be very huge. There could be other Alshabaab sympathizers and members with dangerous weapons still out there, roaming freely in the country. The police should not leave anything to chances in ensuring that they improve vigilance throughout the country, particularly in crowded places like churches, clubs, which have always been the target by the terror group.


Kenyans should also be responsible for their own security and be careful. Any strange and suspicious characters should be reported to the police. We should have learnt a lot from the previous attacks which have always been blamed on our ignorance carelessness. So many lives have been lost and we are not ready to loose others.


All in all, congratulations to our Kenyan forces for the great work they did in Somalia, finally, the people of Somalia and neighboring countrys could be on the verge of enjoying peace.


Nixon Kanali, Nairobi


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