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Family of Al Adde KDF Commander still in the dark over whereabouts

24 January 2016, 16:11 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The family of the man believed to have been in-charge of the Kenya Defence Forces KDF camp in Somalia which was attacked by Al Shabaab militia is still in the dark over his whereabouts.

Major Geoffrey Obwoge was in-charge of the Al Adde camp which was attacked by Shabaab militia nearly 10 days ago and in which it is thought nearly 100 soldiers died.

He has yet to make any contact with his family and neither is the KDF national command in the know over his plight.

His father Charles Obwoge says that they are frustrated over the slow pace in which the news trickling out of Somalia is coming.

" We just want to know what next. At the moment it hurts even more to not know where he is and what to do about it," he told News24.

He stated that the family has already taken DNA samples to the KDF headquarters in Nairobi and that there is still no news from them despite the fact that they had been told to wait two days for news.

Read also: KDF soldier saved by locals in Somali attack

" There is silence from the other side. His mother and family are in limbo. They are hurting badly," he added.

He described his son as adventurous, hardworking and intelligent.

" He is a generous man. He supports all of us. We miss him a lot," he reminisces.

Obwoge's fate may not be known soon enough if news from the KDF is anything to go by.

KDF chief Samson Mwathethe says that the military is taking its time to verify the information coming from Somalia in order not to give the families of the dead and missing false hope.

There were around 240 soldiers at the camp at the time of the attack and so far only 31 bodies and 46 survivors have been accounted for.

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