Kenya denies presence of Ethiopian troops

Posted on 03/03/2011

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The government has dismissed claims that Ethiopian troops were launching attacks against the Somali militia group Al shabaab from the Kenyan territory during the fighting near Mandera town.

Defense assistant Minister Joseph Nkaissery on Wednesday told parliament that adequate measures have been put in place to ensure that no foreign militias get into the country.

 Nkaissery urged Kenyans not to panic saying the government will not tolerate anyone or group that may compromise national security.

The minister’s assurance comes in the wake of threats of terror attacks by Al Shabaab.

The group linked to al-Qaeda has accused the Kenyan government of aiding Ethiopian troops during the fighting near the border town of Mandera.

The Kenya – Somalia border has been closed indefinitely with a contingent of security personnel patrolling the border 24 hours.

Residents who had fled their home for fear of attacks are slowly returning home since the fighting abated.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Raila Odinga says ethnic politics are dangerous for the peace and unity of the country.

Odinga on Wednesday told legislators to learn from the Ivory Coast situation where scores of citizens were killed due to ethnic driven politics.

Addressing parliament, the PM expressed concern over emerging tribal groupings by a section of MPs saying that the country was still in the process of healing from the 2008 post election chaos and that Kenyans should not be drawn into divisive politics.

Odinga has previously hit out at the so-called KKK alliance which is seen as a political coalition between leaders from the three communities of Kikuyu, Kalenjin and Kamba.

Meanwhile, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has urged politicians to cease from using abusive language during political rallies.

The Vice President says politicians should be respectful and learn to accommodate each other’s opinions on various issues.

A section of politicians have in the recent past been involved in a war of words over various issues of national importance.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Source: KBC

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