SOMALIA, Mogadishu: In a handout photograph released by the United Nations-African Union Information Support Team, Augustine Mahiga, Special Representative of the Secretary General for the United Nations Political Office in Somalia (UNPOS) addresses troops and officers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) at their headquarters 24 January following his arrival in the Somali capital. Mahiga and UNPOS have moved permanently to the Somali capital the first time the UN has a full-time in-country presence in Somalia for 17 years - from neighbouring Kenya following significant security improvements within Mogadishu over the last 6 months. Upon his arrival Mahiga said:
SOMALIA, Mogadishu: In a handout photograph released by the United Nations-African Union Information Support Team, Augustine Mahiga, Special Representative of the Secretary General for the United Nations Political Office in Somalia (UNPOS) addresses troops and officers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) at their headquarters 24 January following his arrival in the Somali capital. Mahiga and UNPOS have moved permanently to the Somali capital the first time the UN has a full-time in-country presence in Somalia for 17 years - from neighbouring Kenya following significant security improvements within Mogadishu over the last 6 months. Upon his arrival Mahiga said: "Without the incredible efforts and sacrifice of the troops from Somalia and other African countries, we would not be here today," adding ""I sincerely hope that the arrival of the UN Political Office will mark the start of renewed hope for the future of Somalia, we have much to do and we are eager to get straight to work." AU-UN IST PHOT

Speaking at a Heads of State Summit for AMISIOM police/troops contributing countries taking place in Djibouti, Uhuru Kenyatta has urged fellow African countries engaged in the war on terror in Somalia to send more troops to the Gedo region of Somalia.

Speaking of the threat that the region faces from a seemingly resurgent Al Shabaab Militia, Mr. Kenyatta described the Gedo region as a breeding ground for Islamic fundamentalists. He added that the region is a perfect ground for the terrorist group to mount another attack on then Kenya Defense Forces.

“This region has now become a safe haven for Al Shabaab and a launching pad for attacks against our troops and the people along our common border with Somalia. It has become a critical soft belly for Kenya.”

This comes as an increasing public irritation by the unending war on terror develops, and the controversy over the Al Shabaab attack on an AMISOM Military base last year rages on.

While the KDF are yet to release a figure on the number of casualties incurred, the issue has turned out to be an Achilles heel for the Uhuru administration as they continuously fend off attacks from the opposition over the management of this entire affair.

Al Shabaab has reduced what was a full scale fray just a couple of years ago to an unconventional war using suicide bombers after the AMISOM troops pushed them out of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu

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