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Raila demands 2 days of mourning for slain KDF officers

18 January 2016, 22:54

Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga has demanded two days of mourning for the slain Kenya Defence Forces KDF officers in Somalia.

In reacting to the killing of a number of officers in Somalia by Al Shabaab militants last week, the CORD leader says that the government must take the lost lives seriously and declare the two days of mourning to show respect to those who gave their lives to fighting for peace in Kenya.

In a report on The Star, the CORD leader is quoted as urging President Uhuru Kenyatta to hand the soldiers the highest level of respect in their death.

" Because of the physical and psychological magnitude of this tragedy, we urge that during this period, all flags be flown at half-mast," the CORD leader said Monday.

Capital News reported that the bodies of the slain officers would start arriving in the country from Monday. Further details were however not made public, which the CORD leader found to be not good enough.

Read alsoAl Shabaab claim to have captured 12 KDF soldiers

He urged the President to suspend all activities and convene an emergency session of the Cabinet which will provide a way forward and guidance to the people. The President is still inspecting development projects at the Coast.

"Nothing can be more important to our people at this moment. Once again, our prayers are with the families, friends and relatives of the fallen soldiers. I urge Uhuru to take charge and guide the nation. The state should also provide information on casualties, survivors and circumstances leading to this tragedy," he continued.

Thus far, there has been no official confirmation of the casualties, even though there are said to be as many as 60 who have died.

The Al Shabaab terror group which carried out the attack has said that it killed over 100 soldiers and has captured 12 hostages.

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