On October 16, 2011, Kenya sent several hundred soldiers into Somalia with a fleet of armoured personnel carrier, backed by fighter jets and helicopters to fight Al-shabab, but met on stiff resistance from Al-shabab.
In an attempt to root out Al-shabab from lower Jubba, middle Jubba and Gedo regions, Kenyan warplanes carried out multiple airstrikes on suspected Al-shabab bases, but mainly missed their targets and killed or injured innocent people while destroyed civilian buildings.
Prior to their invasion, Kenya accused Al-shabab for string of kidnappings of Westerners in the coastal resort city of Mombasa, but many Somali-Kenyans believed that the Somali bandits and pirates were behind the kidnappings.
As junior to the world politics in a confrontational manner, Kenya has to learn a lot about their one Year old war with Al-shabab and ask themselves the causes of their failure milatary operation. Yes, it is undeniable that the Kenyan milatary opertion of Southern Somalia is opted to fail, because Kenya has more economic, military and political advantages than boorly equipted Al-shabab militia. Indeed, a one Year prolonged bitter war with Al-shabab, Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) with the help of the Somali National Security Forces (NSF) and the Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF) yet to capture the coastal city of Kismayo, Burdubo and Bardere. What a humiliation!
Many Somali intelectuals are so suspicious about the whole purpose of the Kenyan agression toward their territory, and their illegal oil drilling off the Southern coast of Somalia.
“These offshore oil blocks are solely owned by the Republic of Somalia as stipulated in the 1982 UN Common Law on the Sea (UNCLOS). Kenya’s move to sell these oil blocks violates international law” says Abdillahi Mohamud, the lobby’s managing director of The East African Energy Forum.
As Kenyan writer, Donald Kipkorir once wrote on an article titled Why “Kenya and Ethiopia ought to annex and divide Somalia” and posted on the Daily Naiton of Kenya, he received nothing but harsh responses from Somalis around the globe against his unarticulated article.
On last Wednesday, Kenya Defence Forces spokesman Emmanuel Chirchir said “As Amisom troops surround Kismayu, Marehan clans vowed to resist and fight alongside Al-shabab but the rest of the clans have welcomed the troops to free the area of the militia!”
Kenya should know that all Somali’s eyes now are on their actions and the current remarks of the Kenya Defence Forces spokesman major Emmanuel Chirchir’s divisive nature is unacceptable, and his accusations against Marehan clan that fights alongside Al-shabab is a baseless broboganda.
In addition to that, Kenya should also know that Somalia is a sovereignty country, and no one can divide and conquare its people and territorial integrity.
The author of this article, Aden Colujoog is an AOL’s Editor-In-Chief and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org