Families of missing soldiers want names released

By Caroline Kamau

Families of missing KDF soldiers who were on a peace keeping Mission in Somalia are now calling on the government to release the names of the slain soldiers to help them know the whereabouts of their sons.

The families say that they are running out of patience and days of waiting are agonizing. William Ogutu, from Kogutta village in Homa-bay says he last spoke to his brother Wycliffe Oguta a week ago, and attempts to reach him after the said attack have been fruitless. The 25 year old soldier joined the force in 2010. In November, he came back home for his long holidays.

Another family from Waondo gathers together. Their son, 20 year old Michael Okoth was on the mission for the very first time. He is the first born son in this family and had only joined the forces in 2012.

In Kamagut, Uasin Gishu the story is not different. Theirs is a collective prayer that their loved ones are alive and they hopefully they will return home to them safe and sound.

The soldiers mission in Somalia has been a sign of their nobility but even more so the evidence of their patriotism to protect Kenya, its people and her borders from the enemy.

They have however paid the ultimate price for it, and today the country mourns the loss of some of its gallant soldiers.

Al-Shabab militants attacked an African Union military base outside the southern Somali town of el-Ade using vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VIBIED).

The Defence Cabinet Secretary said search and recovery efforts are ongoing with the aim of finding all the KDF officers affected by the attack adding that the operation area “remains dangerous, volatile and fluid and soldiers still remain at risk”.

In the meantime, the Kenya Defence Forces has established Help lines for families, relatives and friends of the fallen heroes.

Help lines Defence Headquarters 0792 780862

Memorial hospital 0792 780863

Gilgil 0792780864

Eldoret 0792 780865


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