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Dear Kenyans,
I know we are oblivious to what goes on in our region and how this affects our economy. I know our TV stations (@KBCChannel1 @KTNNews @NTVnewsroom @K24Tv @citizentvkenya ) would rather report what Chiloba had for breakfast than tell us what's going on in our.. #KoT
Neighborhood. So kindly allow me to take this opportunity to bring you up to speed on something that potentially has serious ramifications for our region.
Earlier this month, Somalia Government confiscated $9million in cash at Aden Abdulle airport in Mogadishu. The cash was #KOT
From the UAE and was meant to pay a specialist infantry unit of the Somalia National Army that were being trained by the UAE. This unit has been involved in a couple of unsanctioned operations inside Somalia that has sometimes led to assassination of Somalian leaders.
Farmajo's government insists that these operations are run by the UAE to intimidate Somalian administration into capitulating. They argue that the $9.6 million seized, was to be used to pay off the crack troops for more raids. To put it into perspective, this is 960 Million KES.
Long story short, the Somalian government ordered UAE troops out of the country. The Emaratis left yesterday. the-star.co.ke/news/2018/04/1…
Now Arabs generally don't take embarrassment lightly, especially not from people they consider their slaves. So payback was definitely on the horizon. Today, the Somalian Army units that were being trained by the UAE engaged in a gunfight with their own brothers in arms...
Who were moving in to secure the armoury in the camp. af.reuters.com/article/africa…
So how does this concern us Kenya?

The reason the former NEP and Upper Eastern and Upper Coast Province have generally laced behind the rest of the country is chiefly because of insecurity. This insecurity has been fueled by the instability of Somalia.
Today, we are executing infrastructural projects that will change the matrix of global trade. We are building a mega port, a Trans Africa railway and one hell of a pipeline all originating/terminating in Lamu...a stone throw from Somalia.
How will Lamu change global trade corridors? In the tunnel eyed method of understanding these major projects famously propagated by Ndii, it makes no difference. If you look at it in the context of the Chinese silk way project (Road and belt) a pattern draws itself.
Goods can be loaded onto a train in Guangzhou, railed to Gwadar in Pakistan, loaded on ships, shipped to Lamu then overland by train/pipeline/road to as near as Kisangani and as far as Douala. We shall truly become the gateway to Africa. At least if we manage to secure our hood.
Somalia is the wildcard in these plans. All of these investments depend on a relatively stable Somalia. No one will risk multi million dollar ships being attacked in Lamu. The insecurity across the fence is bad for business. This is why we had to go to war.
By calming down Somalia, or at least the part that directly affects us (Jubba land), we guarantee the very future of our nation's economy. This is why the recent developments in Somalia is something we should all be concerned about. We now potentially have 2000+ well trained,
Well equipped, well funded force joining the confusion. They have the potential to wreck havoc like we've seen. Alshabab at its peak was estimated to be 10,000 fighters. They weren't that well trained or equipped and look at the mess they made.
This is why it is imperative for us to demand a national discourse on our security. We MUST take a keener look at our Intelligence Services, Military, border guards. We must be at the forefront in predicting, deterring, and countering threats to our national security before
They manifest themselves into crises. Let's demand that our leaders @HonAdenDuale @UKenyatta @WilliamsRuto explain to us the steps they are taking to ensure our military edge is enhanced and preserved. Today we have a smattering of naval forces based in Somalia. Their intentions
Are not clearly known but beat believe when our national interests clash with their country's, those same ships will be firing their missiles off our coast. What is the state of our Navy, Air Force, Army. Are we able to handle threats to our sovereign interest effectively and..
Expeditiously? How good are our intelligence services, can they offer timely information to help us deter aggression? THAT is the conversation we should be having a nation. Our very future as a nation is at stake yet we remain fixated on political circuses.
It's my hope that this thread will be retweeted as many times as possible so that we can force our oft clueless political leaders to finally wake up to the reality of the danger we face as Kenya.

Nchi yetu ya Kenya tunayo ipenda, tuwe tayari kuilinda.

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