Don’t mess with Houthi rebels in Yemen,president Ruto warned

Sheikh Juma Ngao(Center) flanked by KEMNAC officials in Mombasa photo: GEORGE OTIENO

Kenya has been warned against meddling in Yemeni conflict pitting government forces and Houthi rebels.

Speaking in Mombasa on Thursday, Kenya Muslim Advisory Council national chairman (KEMNAC) Sheikh Juma Ngao, said the move will put Kenya in jeopardy and immense danger fro the rebels.

He said Kenya has had close ties with Yemen and that there is no bad blood between the two nations.

” There are very many Kenyans of Yemeni roots right here in Mombasa.Why should we provoke the Houthis?. Lets be careful not be drawn into wars we know nothing about”, He said.

Ngao further intimated that Houthi rebels are dangerous for Kenya’s peace urging president William Ruto to shelve any plans to cooperate with the US government in Yemen.

“Kenyan Muslims bore the brunt of anti-terrorism wars after the 1998 bomb blast in Nairobi. We faced indiscriminate arrests, disappearance and even extra judicial killings as Muslims in Kenya. Please spare us that phase again.We want to live our lives normally”, he stated.

Sheikh Ngao who was flanked by officials of the advisory council, said the Houthi rebels should be taken with the seriousness it deserves.

” Those rebels do not even fear Israel or USA. You can see how they attack ships along the sea.Why should we mess with them?, They have nothing to lose”, he added.

He further urged president Ruto not to be used as a pawn by the US government .

“In fact we should even withdraw our soldiers from DR Congo, Somalia and not send any soldier to Haiti. We cannot be used to secure the interests of America”, he reiterated.