The Kenyan Government has donated 11 tons of medical supplies to the Federal Government of Somalia, in a humanitarian gesture towards aiding the victims of the recent terror attack in Mogadishu.
The medical supplies were airlifted and handed over by Retired Maj. Gen (Rtd) Lucas Tumbo, to the Ambassador of Kenya to Somalia Dr. Fawziya Abikar the Minister of Health and Social Services and Thabit Abdi Mohamed, the Mayor of Mogadishu.
While handing over the drugs, Ambassador Tumbo said, “We have 11 tons of assorted medicines. I am also ready to take about 26 patients for admission in Nairobi hospitals. Those who have spinal injuries, we’ll take them to the spinal hospital in Nairobi. We are here to say that we are very sorry for what happened. We pray that God grants the necessary fortitude for you to endure the great loss.”
The Saturday attack that claimed about 300 lives has been termed as the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007.
Ambassador Tumbo recalled that when the bomb attack incident occurred, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta had delivered condolences to his Somali counterpart President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo.
“Today, I am here on behalf of the Kenyan Government and the people of Kenya to send to our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. Those who did that will be brought to book and held accountable on the Day of Judgment,” Ambassador Tumbo said.
While receiving the medical supplies, Minister Dr. Fawziya hailed the Government of Kenya and its leaders for the support towards victims of the October 14 disaster which resulted in hundreds of deaths and injuries.
Minister Dr. Fawziya Abikar said, “The President of Kenya, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta was one of the first Government leaders to send condolence messages to us. The ambassador has brought us two planes carrying medicines, which are most needed and important following such an occurrence. Also, they are taking back injured people to Nairobi. We thank them for the efforts as they are our brothers and neighbors.”
Thabit Abdi Mohamed, the Mayor of Mogadishu said that the country’s appeals for support regionally and internationally in the wake of the recent attacks, have been answered.
The Mayor said, “Every support that comes to us is very important. It’s a remedy for the hearts of the bereaved relatives and the injured people. Our hearts are calm when you support us, and our efforts will continue. We appreciate the Government and leadership of Kenya.”