Al-Shabaab Accuses Kenyan President of Trying To Win Support of KDF to Rig Upcoming Elections
Mogadishu (Harar24) – In their first comments regarding the upcoming Kenyan presidential elections, Al-Shabaab has accused the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta of planning to rig the upcoming elections and to solicit support of the Kenyan Military in his presidential bid.
Alluding to Kenyatta’s recent surprise visit to Somalia’s border town of Dhobley, which is occupied by Kenyan forces, Al-Shabaab spokesman, Ali Mahmoud Ragge, who Kenya once claimed to have killed him, said that Uhuru is worried about the growing political opposition against him and as such is trying to garner support of the military.
“Uhuru Kenyatta is striving hard to stay in power while facing overwhelming pressure from the opposition and he is desperately trying to win a second term no matter what, even if that entails rigging the elections in his favour”, said Al-Shabaab’s spokesman.
Ali Mohamoud Ragge, also known as Ali Dheere, further mentioned Kenyatta’s willingness to use the country’s security forces in order to crackdown on the opposition in the case of public uprising against his expected election fraud.
“Kenyatta has already armed the police force and he has purchased in advance armoured vehicles to suppress and intimidate any opposition he may face in the elections. The only fear he has comes from the military and that is the real motive behind his first ever visit to his troops in Somalia”, Dheere added.
According to Ali Dheere, there is growing resentment in the Kenyan Defence Forces against their Commander in Chief, who for a long time has ignored their sufferings and heavy losses in their fight against Al-Shabaab Islamists in Somalia and that his recent trip is nothing more than a desperate attempt to “address their grievances, bridge the gaps and win their support for the elections”.
In his interview with local Somalia radio station Al-Furqan, Al-Shabaab’s spokesman also highlighted that the unannounced visit of Kenyatta without the authorisation of the Somali Federal Government is yet another proof of Kenya’s illegal occupation of Somali territory and also shows the incompetence surrounding the “illegitimate Somalia apostate government” in defending the sovereignty of the country.
“He arrived on Somali soil without even notifying the Somali apostates who falsely claim that they are a government. By doing so, Uhuru has shown to the Somali public the reality of Kenya’s occupation of the country, a fact which the apostate government deceivingly tries to conceal.”
In late 2011, the Kenyan Military invaded parts of southern Somalia regions and ousted Al-Shabaab from several towns and villages, including the strategic port town of Kismayo. Since then, Al-Shabaab militants have responded by launching a wave of attacks inside Kenyan territory, including the deadly siege of the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi which killed 67 people and the brazen attack on Garissa University which killed 148 people, mostly Christian students.
Al-Shabaab has also launched deadly attacks on Kenyan military bases inside Somalia, such as last year’s dawn raid on the KDF military base in El-Adde that left more than 150 soldiers dead and more recently the Kulbiyow attack that reportedly killed 68 soldiers.