NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 21- “It’s a vigil for the vigilant. Thank you for dying on my behalf, the task behind is not as great as the power behind you,” were some of the messages in praise of Kenya’s fallen soldiers on Thursday night.
It was during a candlelight vigil at Uhuru Park where activists and hundreds of Kenyans streamed in to honour the soldiers killed in an attack on their camp in Somalia.
Hundreds of candles were lit in the historical ground and according to one of the participants Boniface Mwangi, the vigil will be held for three days.
“Please do not forget them,” an emotional Judy Kabiru who is also an officer at the Kenya Prison Services appealed. “A bullet here, a bullet there is all the same…we are all members of the disciplined forces. We are still Kenyans, it hurts.”
During the ceremony, Kenyans wished the country victory in its war against terror while they also passed their condolences to the families of the fallen soldiers.
Others want the Government to provide sufficient information in a bid to clear the ongoing uncertainty on the number of casualties.
“We need to know how many soldiers died,” Mwangi said.
Another said: “Kenya should pursue the enemy until it’s defeated. We shall pray for you.”
Kenyans on Twitter were not left behind in honouring the fallen soldiers through #KDFHeroesvigil.
Here are some of the tweets;
Uncle Dan @Ombayo You Kept Vigil to Protect the Country, Today We Keep Vigil To Honour You #KDFHeroesVigil #KDFOurHeroes
Lydia Charity Wafula @charoville You died while on a mission to keep Kenyans safe. Rest in Eternal Peace our fallen soldiers #KDFHeroesVigil
Rich mwanich @Richmwanichi It takes real courage to risk ur life for arrogant, ungrateful and unappreciative people #KDFHeroesVigil
Martha KaruaVerified account @MarthaKarua We remember you and salute you from all corners of Kenya #KDFHeroesVigil
#KOTForum @KOTForum The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree. #KDFHeroesVigil