by Chris Mgidu and
Njoroge Kaburo NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed on Wednesday to continue
with regional peace initiatives especially in countries facing
Addressed a joint sitting of
Parliament to deliver his 4th State of the Nation Address,
Kenyatta said his administration has been actively involved in
the peace process in South Sudan and Somalia on a bilateral and
"Our engagement as part of AMISOM has yielded significant
"We have degraded the capacity of Al-Shabaab to carry out
large-scale attacks in Kenya and elsewhere," he told the
"Even as we recognize the sacrifices that have been made so
far, we appreciate that this war is not yet won. I urge you all
to stand firm in the support of our men and women as we continue
our critical mission in Somalia," Kenyatta said.
He said Kenya’s efforts have led to the establishment of
successive civilian governments in Somalia, including the
successful and peaceful election of President Mohamed Abdullahi
"Our engagement in the search for security in the region is
critical. Failure to do this would translate to insecurity
within our borders," Kenyatta said.
He pointed out that peace has considerably been enhanced in
the country and stability improved in Somalia, due to continued
peace operation in the conflict-torn country that neighbors
"If we fight the enemy in Somalia, we won’t have to fight
them, here at home," Kenyatta said.
He also assured the international community of Kenya’s
continued role in restoring peace in South Sudan.
He said the government’s counter-terrorism effort has also
delivered a sharp reduction in the number of fatalities, attacks
and attempts by terrorist entities.