Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to respond Islamic militants with ‘deadly force’ on Monday. Mr. Kenyatta is now campaigning for reelection. In a campaign speech in Lamu, the country’s heated city that bears deadly militant violence, President Kenyatta reiterated his pledge to take necessary actions to uproot the violent militancy.
In Lamu, on last Thursday, militants suspected to be members of Somalia’s Al Shabab took five people hostage along with a top government official. Later, Kenyan security forces conducted a rescue operation that left two people dead.
Mr. Kenyatta said on the rally, “Our citizens are losing their lives. Our security forces are losing their lives. My principal secretary was wounded here a few days ago … I have no apologies to make in taking the tough measures we are taking.”
He sounded rather determined when he said, “We shall bury them. Fire must be met with fire,” Reuters reports.
“We have stepped up efforts to rid the country of the evil forces. I have no apologies to make in taking the tough measures were are taking,” President Kenyatta said.
“We shall bury them. Fire must be met with fire”
Al Shabab, a militant group of Somalia, aims to establish their own reign ousting the rightful Somali government. They follow a harsh interpretation of Islamic sharia rule which they plan to impose on the people of Somalia. This group often attacks in Kenya to force Kenyan government to withdraw its troop from Somalia.
Kenya’s military said that they conducted operation in response to the increasing militants activities in Lamu’s Boni forest last week.
Incumbent Kenyan President Mr. Kenyatta is facing fierce competition from Mr. Raila Odinga, leader of the opposition party. Kenyan election experts believe that the increasing food prices is the biggest challenge for Mr. Kenyatta to win an election than security issues.
Mr. Kenyatta recently inaugurated the biggest infrastructure project in the history of the country. The Chinese funded railway project which was inaugurated in last May is the most expensive infrastructure project in the history of the country.
Mr. Kenyatta said at the inauguration ceremony, “Today we celebrate one of the key cornerstones to Kenya’s transformation to an industrialized, prosperous, middle-income country.”
This $3.2 billion project, however, attracted worries of common Kenyan because of their perception of the project of being too expensive for the economy of Kenya.