Despite pressure, KDF in no hurry to release Somalia attack information
20 January 2016, 17:49
Nairobi - Despite the pressure put on them by Kenyans as well as families of the perceived victims of the Somalia attack, the Kenya Defence Forces KDF is in no hurry to release information on what actually took place.
5 days after the attack took place, the KDF is yet to tell Kenyans the exact number of the dead in Al Adde, as well as the number of those who were in the camp attacked as well as what actually happened.
Despite stories leaking that there were as many as 240 Kenyan soldiers in the camp at the time of the attack, information is still scanty and efforts by News24 to verify what took place have not bourne any fruit.
What is certain is that the military is determined to keep the story under wraps.
" There is nothing to say at the moment as we have said before, information is still scanty and until we get back all the soldiers and account for those missing and dead, we have nothing to say," Military Spokesperson LT David Obonyo said.
But why the silence?
Topmost, the KDF does not want to give the illusion that it was badly defeated as such information would sway public confidence.
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" The fact is that any military force in the world does not want to admit it was badly hit and that is the case with KDF," Julius Onyango a security expert said.
Second, the KDF really is not yet sure what happened.
Obonyo admitted as much, saying that there was need to debrief soldiers after counselling and treatment before getting any sort of recollection into the night's happenings.
" We need to hear from the soldiers. We are yet to debrief them," he admitted.
Third, there is a military operation ongoing in Somalia to rescue the missing officers and the military does not want to break the hearts of the families of those not yet confirmed to have died.
" There are many families involved and we cannot relay inaccurate information to them. This is why it is important that we finish up the rescue and recovery operation before we say anything," Obonyo added.
It seems, Kenyans will have to be patient as regards information privy to the Somalia attack.
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