After being founded almost fifty years ago, Kenyan forces have never seen a regular battleground.This has made them to become the only force in the region that enjoyed receiving hefty salaries, training, equipment and promotions without delivering or carrying out any duty.
In April 2008, the global human rights body Human Rights Watch wrote this report about Kenyan army “The rebel Sabaot Land Defence Force and the Kenyan military are responsible for horrific abuses, including killings, torture and rape of civilians, in a little-known armed conflict in the Mt. Elgon area of western Kenya”.
In another report, issued in 2013 , Human Rights Watch in detailed documentation of human rights abuses says ” Rather than conducting investigations to identify and apprehend the perpetrators of grenade attacks in the country, both the police and army responded with violent reprisals against Kenyan citizens and Somali refugees”.
The report continues by saying “There were numerous cases where Kenyan security forces responded to the attacks by abusing civilians. Documented abuses included rape and attempted sexual assault; beatings; arbitrary detention; extortion; the looting and destruction of property; and various forms of physical mistreatment, including forcing victims to sit in water, to roll on the ground in baking temperatures, or to carry heavy loads while standing on one spot or while walking around for extended periods. Despite government promises to investigate, there have been no investigations and no security official has faced disciplinary action in relation to the abuses”. Read the link http://www.hrw.org/world-report/2013/country-chapters/kenya?page=2
Despite all these bad manners,Kenyan forces were given a chance to join in the global war against Somali extremists in Southern Somalia. Many Somalis have a dream of having lasting peace and elimination of Al Shabab terror group,which is responsible of atrocities and different sorts of crimes against civilians.
But, when the Kenyan forces took the port city of Kismayo, they switched into involvement of local politics by supporting one clan against the others. In February 2013 Kenyan army sided with Ogaden militants against the Marehan fighters in Kismayo. Later on Kenyan army has facilitated a one clan show by Ahmed Madobe, a former Al Shabab member, who declared himself as president of Jubbaland.
Ahmed Madobe,a refugee from Ethiopia,was opposed by all local clans on the ground, while he is working hard to shed the blood of innocent Somalis,who are tired of the endless wars.
Acknowledging the fact that Madobe is not the choice Jubbaland’s people,the Kenyan intelligence has taken the role to promote him through media.
According to intelligence and media sources in Kenya,there are daily opinion pieces written in the Kenyan media, which appear with fake names to deceive the public.
Some of the weird articles by Kenyan intelligence on daily newspapers are as follow:
Many believe that this is the work of clan minded Kenyan intelligence junior officer Nuradin Yusuf Haji, the son of the former state minister for defence in Kenya.
The so called opinion pieces of Nuradin and his team reminds us of 2011 meeting between Kenyan intelligence and Kenyan local media, in which all media had been ordered to do propaganda news for Kenyan forces, as soon as they launch their military incursion in southern Somalia.
In 1986, an innocent referee approved Diego Armando Maradona’s handball goal that helped Argentina defeat England in football World Cup. May be Kenyan intelligence has that event in mind and they want to approve the wrong goal of Ahmed Madobe by using the media, something that cannot be possible in this 21st century.
The people of Jubbaland are peace lovers, and they are determined to take part in the war against Al Shabab,but what they will never swallow is to bring a refugee as their leader.
We call upon the world to stop Kenya in interfering Somali politics,and remain as peacekeepers like any peacekeeping troops in Somalia.
Somalia has today a regular and functioning government, and the best advise is to work with the Mogadishu government in order to have a peaceful Horn of Africa region.
Hamadi Chivalla Mohamed