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  • This kind of disclosure is rather ill-advised. The Kenyan Prime Minister ought to have left the finer details of our military deficiencies out of this media briefing. I think the most competent people to discuss such issues are the military personnel or someone in the security docket. The country’s military capability should not be discussed casually the way it’s done in full glare of every media organization in the World. It should be understood that this is a very sensitive area whose full disclosure could easily compromise the security of the country. Our forces may lack some capabilities that would enable them surmount the terrains of Kismayu, however, it should not be a matter for press briefings by a politician! Dr. Otieno Mbare

    • @Otieno Mbare: An opportunist attempting to play mister nationalist has no bonderies, everything goes. But if the guy could buy ceremonial gowns and take 8hour flight just to prove a point, what do you expect from him? No love for the country and no love for our men in uniform. But its alway good to fry yourself with your own fat like a swine!

  • jomo2jomo

    ther is nothing unknown that Rao said. If we had the capability,why have we not finished the job?

    This is not Kenya’s fight. If it was, the snakes head is in Eastleigh as many have observed.

    • Yuyubenson

      Jomo2jomo, what is your pont? Are you saying Al Shabaab has military bases in Easleigh? Well Eastleigh is not a jungle it streches only 3 miles wide. If Easleigh was awash with weapons it would not be field day for Kenyan robbers and muggers as is now.

      • Kijana Mzee

        No need to be obtuse Yuyu! Everyone knows that Eastleigh is like a operating HQ for not just Alshabaab but also for the Somali pirates. Even our big mouth politicians know this, and some even probably have financial dealings in Eastleigh. The problem is our corrupt and confused politicians trying to use KDF to fight their political battle in Somalia while the root problem lies within our borders. A case of trying to deal with symptoms and not the malady itself.   

  • perepepe

    This is careless and reckless. Military timetables, planning and assistance sought should be left to the military and subject to non disclosure while troops are in theatre. The PM has time and again put his foot in the mouth by disclosing what is unnecessary like the agenda and timings of discussion with the President. If his cap in hand request is aimed at gaining political mileage, then we have a disaster in the making. Why enlist help from Europeans and Americans? Did KDF and Amison not factor Kismayu’s capture and their capacity to do so? Or is he inviting johnny-come-latelys who will seek to soak up all the glory of liberating Somalia by sending a couple of warships at the last minute? I really pray for this dude… 

  • Sina Makosa

    With all the Kenyan hype you would think KDF would have taken Kismayu long time ago! If KDF cannot take a small town from a rag tag militia and is asking for help from all and sundry, do you think they can hold out against a proper country’s forces like say Uganda? I really doubt. Unfortunately Kenya has proved itself to be all talk but less action.

  • john muli

    raila doesnt appear very intelligent to me.

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