Families of slain KDF soldiers urge Uhuru to hasten news on loved ones
27 January 2016, 18:27
Nairobi - The families of the Kenya Defence Forces officers killed or missing in Somalia have urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to hasten news on their fate.
This being 12 days after the attack that took place in Al Adde Somalia, the families have yet to get any tangible news on the whereabouts if their family members.
The Kenya Defence Forces has requested DNA samples from families of the missing but the process has yet to yield fruit for many.
KDF boss Samson Mwathethe has called for patience but the families are dying with agony.
News24 spoke to a number of families of the dead and missing in Eldoret Wednesday during the memorial service for the missing soldiers and asked that the President help hasten the process.
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" We ask the President to hasten the process. We do not know what next," Charles Obwoge, father to missing Commander Geoffrey Obwoge told News24 in Eldoret during the prayers.
" It has been nearly two weeks. We need some news," he added.
Other families also called on the President and KDF leadership to provide them with news on their loved ones to help them start the healing and reconciliation process.
" Time is moving and we do not know what to think as yet. We are hopeful but we need news quickly," Alfred Kipkoech whose brother Philip was in Al Adde said.
It is estimated that upto 240 soldiers were in Al Adde at the time of the attack. Thus far, less than 100 have been accounted for by the KDF.
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