Some ODM MPs are clamouring for the sack of some top Defence officers, including Omamo over the recent Al-Shabaab terrorist attack in Somalia which hit the military base of the Kenya Defence Forces situated in Somalia.
The alleged ODM MPs making this demand are members of the Public Accounts Committee including Nicholas Gumbo (Rarieda), Junet Mohammed (Suna East), Abdikadir Aden (Balambala) and Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba). These MPs insist that President Uhuru Kenyatta should fire or retire Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo and Chief of Defence Forces Gen Samson Mwathethe over the El Adde attack.
Their reason for their insistence is primarily because the actual number of soldiers slaughtered during the attack is yet to be known after several days of the attack.
Although the Kenyan government has estimated the number of the afflicted soldiers to be over 80 personnel, this is only an estimate. Additionally, only a fraction of these 80 affected soldiers have yet to be traced, even though a search and rescue mission by Kenyan Special Defence Forces has been launched in the area some days back.
Also, the MPs further slammed the President for treating the death of the troops with grim, insisting that it was treated very lightly.
According to them:
The president has treated the death of the troops normal and has hidden from the country the real numbers of those killed, kidnapped and those injured.
They further said that the communication gap between the affected families and Kenyan government is so wide as they have gotten little or no support from the government.
The MPs also demand that Kenyan troops should be withdrawn from Somalia by the end of 2016. They hinted that Omamo in particular has to be given “lighter duties but not that of protecting the country from Al Shabaab”.
According to Abdikadir:
The lack of adequate communication and support to the families is unacceptable. We demand for good care for the families and openness to the Kenyan public who are equally shocked with poor management of this serious situation,”.