Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Kenya Must break silence and intervene war in Central African Republic.

It is almost two years down the line since the civil war in Central African Republic that started on 10th December 2012. I can no longer keep silent from the war spreading. I have duties and responsibilities as a Kenyan citizen in ensuring that we are safe and at the same time contribute to the peace and prosperity in Africa. The war between the Government and rebels has so far led to deaths, displacements of people, abuse of human rights abuses including the use of child soldiers, rape, torture, extrajudicial killings and forced disappearances. Enough is enough and it is now time to respond at all cost. Kenya being amongst the African countries with strong military force has been in the frontline in ensuring peace and stability within the continent of Africa. Kenya’s Armed forces are considered to be the most powerful in East and Central Africa. This credential has given the Kenyan government through the Kenyan Defense Forces to participate and continue to participate in international Peace Support Operations. The most successful one being “Operation linda nchi” in the war-torn country of Somalia. As a country, our profile has always emerged as the best peacekeepers in the United Nations Security Council and the African Union. From the worst nightmare peace keeping operations Thanks to His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta for intervening the war in South Sudan by taking the leading role in peace and negotiations process and for honouring the pledge he made at the AU summit in Addis Ababa to the African Peace fund. Our President is our great leader and wants peace for Africa Continent. Why not us? Why not emulate the same to our neighbouring countries? What makes me proud as a Kenyan citizen is the love for internal and external peace. There have been even worse peace missions and most successful ones. Just going back to history, the first and foremost comprehensive participation of the Kenya Peace Support operations was in 1979, when the Commonwealth requested the Republic of Kenya to contribute troops for a Peace Mission in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), in Chad in 1982, in Namibia in 1989, in Yugoslavia, Balkan state between 1992 and 1995, Sierra Leon between 1999 and 2003 and operation linda nchi that began on 16 October 2011, when troops from Kenya crossed the border into the conflict zones of southern Somalia. The peace mission is endless and as a country, we should focus more on how to bring peace for the other countries that have been affected by uprisings; Libya and Egypt. As a country we have to respond very fast in this bad situation. This is beyond humanity. No one can stand to the flesh of humans get roasted. This is not a holy war. This just bad politics that have turned sour. It is not time to create a holy war in a piece of land whose population of Muslims are few. It time to rise up and combat uprisings and acts of terror that are torning Africa apart. We shall and we will never stand witnessing this coming home soon. I humbly request His Excellency Mr. President of the Republic of Kenya to extend his hands of mercy to the stability of Central African Republic. The future is Africa. Africa must unite.

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