pull Kenyan defense forces out of somalia as Well cord leaders tell kenyatta

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BY NAMULONGO PETER, NAIROBI,NOV 11TH, 2016-Leaders from the Cord coalition want President Uhuru Kenyatta to withdraw Kenyan soldiers from Somalia over a United Nations report that linked the troops to the sale of illegal charcoal from that country.

The leaders — including ODM national chairman John Mbadi, Cord management committee head Eseli Simiyu, Wiper vice-chair Mutula Kilonzo Jr, ODM political affairs secretary Opiyo Wandayi, ODM treasurer Timothy Bosire and deputy National Assembly Minority Leader Jakoyo Midiwo — said the troops have embarrassed the country in the international arena.

Last Friday, the United Nations released a report indicating that Kenyan troops in Somalia were receiving fees for allowing illicit exports of charcoal from a port under their control — a statement that seemed to have strained further the global body’s relationship with the Kenyan government.

According to the report, the soldiers reap as much as Sh1.2 billion a year from charcoal exports, which were banned by the UN Security Council in 2012 in an effort to cut off funding for the Somalia-based Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab.

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