Former Kenya Deputy House Speaker Farah Maalim accuses Kenyan army for human rights violations in Somalia


Former Kenya National Assembly Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim has accused the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) with cases of human rights violations and abuse in Somalia.

KDF is part of the African Union Mission to  Somalia (AMISOM) troops distributed from across Africa to maintain peace in Somalia.

In a tweet on Friday, the former Lagdera Member of Parliament claimed the Kenyan forces are engaged in serious acts of harassment and abuse subjected against the innocent people in the Gedo region of Somalia.

“Gen. Mwathethe move with speed, investigate and take action. Deal with rotten eggs in the forces,’’ read the tweet posted by Mr Maalim.

The former deputy speaker stated that there are serious allegations that Kenyan Defence Forces have reportedly been engaged in criminal acts including, rape, killing innocent people and incapacitating private company’s communication equipment through destruction of their mobile phone masts.

‘’The kind of human rights violations associated with our troops (KDF) in Gedo region of Somalia are repulsive. There are claims of rapes and destruction of mobile phone masts and animals,’’ the tweet read in part.

The leader who unsuccessfully tried to contest for a parliamentary position in the Garissa township in the August 2017 election, called for the urgent intervention of the Kenyan Chief of Defence, General Samson Mwathethe to launch urgent investigation into the human right abuses committed by the Kenyan Defence Forces in Somalia further adding that any investigations must lead to the prosecution of those found to be culpable.