Kenya seeks to take proactive role to help defeat Somali militant group

15:52, July 14, 2010      

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Kenya plans to take a proactive role in helping Somali government defeat radical Islamic militants blamed for the deadly attacks in Uganda, Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula said on Tuesday.

"We cannot sit and cry. We must get active," said Wetangula when he addressed parliament on what action the government will take after bombing of her neighbour on Sunday resulting in deaths of at least 74 people.

He said Kenya is consulting with regional neighbours to find a common strategy to defeat the Al Shabaab militant group that claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The group has previously threatened to attack Kenya, just as it had done for Uganda.

The minister said Algeria had "accepted" to offer transport support for military personnel and equipment required to launch a regional coordinated attack against Al Shabaab positions.

"Everyone is dissatisfied with the little support the international community has showed. We therefore need to act as a region," he said.

Intelligence reports in Nairobi revealed that the Al Shabaab had targeted simultaneous attacks in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia but the plan failed.

Police sources said they suspect last week's shooting of a man carrying 300 detonators may have been related to those attacks and helped prevent them.

Kenya has avoided taking a more direct role in helping Somalia Transitional Federal Government (TFG) to quell the threat of militant group Al Shabaab that controls most of Somalia and the capital Mogadishu.

Earlier analyst Joshua Kivua of the University of Nairobi forecast that Kenya may take a proactive role after the referendum vote on a new constitution that the government is keen to win. "After the referendum, Kenya is likely to take a more direct responsibility as part of regional effort to reduce the threat of the group," he told Xinhua on Monday.

Meanwhile, Kenya members of parliament complained over the decision by the government to agree to house the anti-piracy courts in the coastal city of Mombasa that will prosecute pirates caught in the Indian Ocean.

They said the country is "exposing" itself for terrorist attacks.

Source: Xinhua


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