Angry Uhuru slams UN for sacking Kenya’s commander in South Sudan

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday slammed the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon for sacking Kenya’s commander to the peace-keeping force in South Sudan.

 

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday slammed the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon for sacking Kenya’s commander to the peace-keeping force in South Sudan.

Uhuru said Kenya will not work with the UN in South Sudan because it “has now resorted to scapegoating Kenyans”

He spoke in Lanet during the cadets’ commissioning parade at Kenya Military Academy in Lanet.

We know that the people of South Sudan want peace. We know that the people of this region want peace in South Sudan. But we also know that peace will not come to South Sudan by blaming a Kenyan commander for the wider failings of the Mission to South Sudan,” said the President.

Investigatory report

The President was defending Lt. Gen. Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki who was fired after an investigatory report showed leadership failure in his command on the UN Mission in South Sudan.

“Events involving the United Nations Mission to South Sudan led the United Nations Secretariat to place the blame for a systemic failure on an individual Kenyan commander,” Uhuru said.

He added: “So I repeat that we intend to withdraw Kenyan troops from the mission with immediate effect, and I say now that we will discontinue our contribution of troops to the proposed Regional Protection Force. Last night I directed that Kenya disengages fully from South Sudan Peace Process”.

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