Kibaki seeks disarming, integration of surrendering Shabaab

October 9, 2012 10:51 am


President Kibaki congratulates Yoweri Museveni during celebrations to mark 50 years of Uganda’s independence/PPS
KAMPALA, Uganda, Oct 9 – President Mwai Kibaki has called for the demobilisation, disarmament and reintegration of the Al-Shabaab insurgents surrendering to the AMISOM forces.

Speaking on Tuesday in Kampala, Uganda, when he held bilateral talks with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia, the Head of State noted that as part of the reconstruction of Somalia, there is need to take urgent measures to disarm those surrendering to avoid any regrouping.

At the same time President Kibaki reassured the Somalia leadership and its citizens that Kenya has no ulterior motive but its ultimate desire is to see the Horn of Africa nation return to peace and stability.

Said the President: “In carrying out the stabilisation efforts, I would wish to assure your Excellency that Kenya has no other agenda and its only desire is to see Somalia return to peace and stability.”

The president noted that under the auspices of IGAD, Kenya is involved in the stabilisation of South Central Somalia and its desire is to work hand in hand with the Somalia government to achieve this goal to create a conducive and stable environment for the return of internally displaced persons and refugees to the pacified areas.

President Kibaki also called for the extension of the mandate of AMISOM which expires at the end of this month in order to consolidate the gains made so far against extremist elements.

The Head of State further reiterated Kenya’s commitment in lobbying for and mobilising international support for Somalia.

“We are in this regard willing to host an international donors’ conference for Somalia.”

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