By Titus Waweru
Laikipia North Member of Parliament Mathew Lempurkel has urged the Kenyan government to call on morans from pastoral communities so that they can work together with KDF soldiers in Somalia.
The ODM lawmaker was speaking in Kandutura Primary school in Rumuruti town over the weekend. Lempurkel said that the morans have a vast experience in the battleground and can help clear the Al-Shabaab menace once and for all. He added that the morans are the solution to fighting terrorism since they have lived most of their life by the gun in the bush and are used to the rough and tough conditions.
“We have a lot of our young men who are walking with guns here. Why don’t we deploy them in Somalia? They are used to living in the bush and I believe ‘dawa ya moto ni moto’ let them go there and fight for our country,” Lempurkel said.
The MP at the same time vehemently opposed leaders who think that pulling out KDF soldiers is the solution that Kenya has been waiting for. He believes that getting KDF out of Somalia will not change the situation to any better. He actually posed a challenge to all leaders across the political divide to support the current government in restoring peace, harmony and hope in the war-torn country.
“These soldiers died while protecting our country from terrorists and it is very sad to lose such dedicated heroes and heroines. As a sign of appreciation to them, our government should therefore compensate their families and take care of them,” Lempurkel reiterated.
In June 2012, there was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the commission of the African Union (AU) and the Government of the Republic of Kenya that stated that families of soldiers who die on duty are to be paid KSH 4.4 million each in compensation.
The MoU was signed by the Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra, on behalf of the Kenyan government. The MoU is the agreement that governs Kenya’s contribution of troops and resources to the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).