By Godwin Murunga & Sylvanus Wekesa
Republished from Saturday Nation
The authorities need to reassess goals of KDF’s invasion of neighbouring country
It is clear that since our defence forces’ retaliatory invasion of Somalia on October 26, 2011, the neighbouring country has become a critical part of Kenya’s security thinking. This is partly because Al-Shabaab has ratchetted up its attacks in Kenya, thereby heightening the threat levels. The attacks have occurred not just with increasing frequency but also with growing gruesomeness, causing disruptions and uncertainty across the country.
This has posed several dilemmas, especially one between accomplishing the mission in Somalia or withdrawing from the country. There are many other dilemmas associated with the major one, including new challenges to the security forces on how to conduct counterterrorism actions based on transparency and human rights, and deal with historical grievances and the marginalisation it has engendered.