|Written By:Nelly Moraa/Kendagor Obadiah, Posted: Wed, Oct 19, 2011|
Kenya’s Parliament Wednesday went into a private session to discuss the security situation in Somalia.
Ikolomani MP Dr Bonny Khalwale requested the speaker to allow the Prime Minister Raila Odinga to appraise parliament on Kenya’s offensive against the Al shabab in private.
MPs unanimously endorsed the request owing to the sensitive nature of the matter.
The MPs met as Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetangula clarified that the military has not invaded Somalia but is pursuing the militia at the request of Somalia’s interim government.
“First of all there is no invasion, and Kenya has no intention of invading any country. Kenya has not and will not invade any country whether it is Somalia or any other country for that matter.”
Speaking at the Wilson Airport on arrival from Ethiopia, Wetangula said Kenya had secured the backing of the African Union and Ethiopia in its efforts to wipe out the al Shabaab militants.
Meanwhile, the Operation ‘Linda Nchi’ entered its fourth day Wednesday with the Al Shabaab militia retreating further as the Kenyan defense forces backed by the Transitional Federal Government troops advanced deeper into Somalia.
No casualties have been reported on the Kenyan side so far.
The Kenya Navy has on the other hand entered the Indian Ocean to curtail piracy activities on the Somali Coast.
The soldiers have taken control of at least four key Al-Shabaab strong-hold towns starting with Dhobley, Quqani then Tabda and now targeting Afmadow and indamfor about 200 kilometres into Somalia before crossing Juba river.
Military spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir told KBC that the militants have been weakened and have not come out to confront the forces.
Chirchir said that the Kenya Navy on the other hand has entered Somali waters to curtail piracy activities. He confirmed that the forces are in good shape and high spirit with no causality reported.
Al-Shabaab fighters are reportedly retreating from the advancing Kenyan Defence Forces.
Local residents have hailed the operation which they say would relieve them from mistreatment by the militia.
The Kenyan military entered Somalia on Sunday in pursuit of Al-Shaabab after a series of kidnappings blamed on the militia.
An estimated 102 militants have been killed in the operation.