by Chrispinus Omar
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President
Uhuru Kenyatta has visited a Somali war frontline to boost the
morale of Kenyan troops serving in the African Union Mission in
Somalia (AMISOM) battling militant group Al-Shabaab, a
presidential spokesperson said Sunday.
Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said the president visited the
Dhobley Military Camp, which serves as a log center and a base
of the UN operations in southern Somalia.
"The president wanted to appear in person to show his support
for the very important work our men and women in uniform do to
secure our country," Esipisu told reporters during a State House
Kenyatta’s visit to Somalia came amid reports of a diplomatic
misunderstanding over the trip to the military camp on Saturday.
The Kenyan government said the visit was an appreciation from
the Presidency for the work the Kenyan troops have been doing to
curb a series of terror attacks inside the East African Nation
since their deployment there in 2011.
"The president told the soldiers of his pride in them,"
Esipisu told reporters.
"He assured them of his support to accomplish the goals for
which they were deployed.
"Our soldiers are part of the president’s campaign to secure
"Securing Somalia, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo
or Burundi means a secure Kenya," said the spokesperson.
President Kenyatta said regional stability had been a key
portion of his recent engagements with global leaders, including
the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the U.S. President
Donald Trump, who recently held a telephone conversation with
Kenyatta on regional security.
Kenyatta’s visit to the Somali frontline region also came
days before the scheduled Kenya visit by the new Somali
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to strengthen bilateral