Inquiry into El-Adde massacre must take candid look at mission in Somalia

Chief of General Staff Samson Mwathethe addresses a press conference at Department of Defence (DOD) in Nairobi on January 21, 2016. I already have my position: We must pull out of Somalia, but on our own terms. PHOTO | ROBERT NGUGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Beyond the tragedy of El-Adde, the inquiry should also look at the broader picture of the military intervention in Somalia.
  • An honest appraisal should tell us whether the mission has managed to secure Kenya from Al-Shabaab infiltration and halt or reduce attacks within the country.
  • Overall, it is a great thing that access to university education has grown in leaps and bounds. Expansion should not, however, have come at the expense of quality.

The annihilation suffered when Al-Shabaab fighters overran a Kenyan military base in Somalia no doubt represents a major setback in the war against terrorism.

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