Kenya to step up war on terrorism
NAIROBI - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday warned Somalia's Shebab insurgents his security forces will "intensify the war on terrorism" after a spate of killings in the country.
Vowing to keep Kenyan troops inside Somalia for as long as it took to defeat the Al-Qaeda affiliated Shebab, Kenyatta said "we will not flinch" from taking action against the Islamists. "This is a war and a war that we must win, we must win it together," he said.
Meanwhile Kenya's interior minister and police chief were removed from their posts on Tuesday, hours after the attacks in the northeast of the country.
Kenyatta said in a televised address to the nation that he had replaced interior minister Joseph Ole Lenku, and accepted police chief David Kimaiyo's request to retire.
"Earlier today I held a meeting with Kimaiyo who has offered to retire and I have accepted the retirement request. I thank him for his service to the nation," Kenyatta said.
"Subsequently, I have also nominated Joseph Nkaissery to take over the security docket as Interior Cabinet Secretary," he added.
The announcement came hours after Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab Islamists massacred 36 quarry workers in the northeast of the country, the latest in a string of gruesome attacks on Kenyan soil.