Turkana South MP James Lomenen has supported the continued peace keeping mission by Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) in Somalia noting the soldiers had a responsibility to protect the interest of the nation in the war ravaged neighbouring country.
Instead of withdrawing our support to install a stable government in Somalia, Lomenen insisted that the government should motivate the KDF soldiers posted there with better pay packages.
“Since the Al-Shabaab militants decided to fight Kenya. Our soldiers must therefore be supported to win the war and their families assured of good package.” he said.
Lomenen said the government must encourage bereaved families of KDF officers killed in action during the peace keeping efforts in Somalia by offering reasonable compensations for the loss of their kin.
He was addressing mourners at Kanam Kemer village in Turkana County during the burial of Captain Silas Ekidor who was among several soldiers killed by the Al-Shabaab militants who attacked a military base in Kulbiyow, Somalia late last month.
Captain Ekidor’s wife Natalie Kasuku eulogized her husband as a dedicated soldier who served his country with passion and courage during his call on duty before he met his death.
He was born on November 19, 1985 and died while serving as the Infantry Second Officer in Charge (2IC).