Kenyans unlikely to know number of soldiers who died in Somalia
08 February 2016, 20:59
Nairobi - It is highly unlikely that Kenyans will ever know the exact number of soldiers who died in the Al Adde attack in Somalia.
News24, on speaking to a number of military officials at funerals of soldiers who died in the camp last month were met with differing answers as far as the outcome of the attack investigations was.
In Turbo when News24 attended the burial of David Chirchir who died in the attack, senior military officials were tight lipped over the matter when probed.
" So far we are still investigating but likely-hood is that it will take months to release any news if ever," a Major who did not want to be named said.
Another stated that the likely-hood is that to stop morale from going down, the exact numbers would not be released.
" There is likely going to be no news ever. We have an ongoing mission in Somalia and that should remain that. There cannot be efforts made to make the Shabaab feel good about their exploits," the senior commander who also chose not to be named added.
Senior military officials led by Defence CS Raychelle Omamo have refused to say much in the respective funerals they have attended.
Nor has KDF headquarters.
Being close to a month after the attacks, reports also state that some families are still in the dark over the fate of their loved ones.
One wonders what exactly is going on.
" It is an ongoing mission. Any news will be relayed at the time it is available," Military Spokesperson David Obonyo stated.
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