Kenya blasts UN over sacking of its General, vows to withdraw troops

Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta. Photo: Kenya Today/Getty Images
Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta. Photo: Kenya Today/Getty Images

Nairobi/New York, November 2, 2016 (SSNA) — Government of Kenya has strongly criticized decision by the United Nations Secretary-General to dismiss a Kenyan General who was appointed in May to head the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.

The protest came a day after Lt. Gen. Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki, a Kenyan, was fired Tuesday by Ban Ki-moon after an internal investigation into the killing of civilians and attack on UN workers in July reveals systematic leadership failure in troubled young nation.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Kenya says “The process leading to this unfortunate decision not only lacked transparency but did not involve any formal consultation with the government of Kenya, adding that Kenyan troops will be pull out of South Sudan because their safety in such an environment is no longer reasonable.

Kenya also accuses the United Nations of unfairly putting the blame on Nairobi, asserting that UNMISS “structural dys-functionality.”

“What is clear is that UNMISS suffers from structural dys-functionality, which has severely hindered its capacity to discharge its mandate,” the statement added.

Kenya expresses outrages after hearing the news of sacking of General Johnson and threatened to pull out its troops from troubled young nation in protest of UN decision.

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  • I think Kenya is one of UN state members and therefore signed UN Charter, and if so, should abide by UN laws and norms. LT.Gen. Johnson was deployed in South Sudan by UN not Kenyan government as head of UN troops to do the UN mission of protecting civilians. If he failed to accomplish this mission, then UN which deployed him has right to put him aside and appoint another person. What is wrong with that? Kenyan government should not intervene at all.


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