Kenya: President Calls for Disarmament of Surrendering Al-Shabaab
(AllAfrica ): President Kibaki has called for the demobilisation, disarmament and reintegration of the Al-Shabaab insurgents surrendering to the Amisom forces.
Speaking yesterday in Kampala, Uganda, when he held bilateral talks with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia, Kibaki said as part of the Somalia reconstruction, there is need to disarm those surrendering and avoid the militia regrouping.
President Kibaki reassured the Somalia leadership that Kenya has no ulterior motives, but its ultimate desire is to see a stable and peaceful Somalia.
Kibaki said under IGAD, Kenya is involved in the stability of South and Central Somalia.
He said the Kenyan government will work hand-in-hand the Somalia government to achieve create a conducive and stable environment for the return of IDPs and refugees to liberated areas.
He called for the extension of the Amisom’s mandate which expires end of October.
Kibaki said Kenya was commitment in lobbying and mobilising international support for Somalia.
“We are in this regard willing to host an international donors conference for Somalia,” President Kibaki said.
He commended the Somali’s for the peaceful transition which culminated in the election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the Head of the Federal Republic of Somalia.
He pledged Kenya’s support to the new leadership of Somalia and its Government as they embark in the rebuilding of their nation. President Kibaki said Kenya is ready to extend any possible assistance towards addressing the priority areas identified by the Somalia Government noting that this process can be undertaken through the frame work provided by the Joint Commission for Cooperation.
He further said the Government of Kenya is willing to support capacity building for the Somalia Security Forces and Civil Service as well as other training initiatives identified by the Somalia Government.