, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 8 – Tears flowed freely as relatives of 17 Administration Police officers converged to honour their service to the country.
The APs paid the ultimate price defending their motherland.
Among those present was Habib Bishar, whose husband was among five security officers attached to Mandera Governor Ali Roba, who met their death after their vehicle ran over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
“I am heartbroken, why my husband?” the mother of one asked.
“He did not only provide for us but also for his siblings,” she said amid tears.
Her mother in law Nuria Abdullahi asked the government to support his family. “He was our only help.”
Stephen Mulat is also among the officers who were killed and his tale is a saddening one.
He was born in 1990 and his mother died when he was only six months old.
Mulat, according to his relatives was brought up by his elderly grandparents.
“He was an intelligent person, with a kind heart,” one of the relatives Albert Munyasia told Capital FM News. “It is extremely sad that his life had to end like this. He has grown up a lonely child since he was alone with his grandparents.”
Mulat was killed when an armoured police vehicle was blown up by an IED in Lamu County, killing six others who were in his company.
The relatives appealed “for the government to ensure the police are well equipped. They should also ensure they facilities they are using are quality. We believe such deaths can be avoided.”
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has vowed that their blood will not be shed in vain.
“The dates between 24th to 31st May 2017 will remain one of the darkest days in the history of the National Police Service. Within this short period, we lost seventeen officers through acts of terrorism who were executing their mandate of maintaining law and order in the areas that were assigned to them,” he said.
“These were gallant warriors who paid the ultimate price in the service to our motherland, and even in death, the country owes it unto them to pay glowing tributes to their sacrifice.”
He said the police service was more committed to ensuring the threat of terror was eliminated.
“I wish to assure the parents of the departed officers, relatives, Police Officers and the country at large, that the unfortunate attacks which led to the loss of our colleagues will not be in vain. We are aware that we are engaged in complicated war of fighting a faceless enemy but this will never dampen our spirits to bring normalcy in that particular part of the country,” he assured.
“The innocent members of the public who reside there are Kenyans who deserve protection from the country’s security agencies, and we are the ones to do that job.”
“I am in constant communication with the officers operating in those areas and their message to the country and colleagues is that they will continue fearlessly with this fight until the course which our colleagues were pursuing, and for which they met their untimely death is accomplished.”
As terrorists continue changing tactics, “we will continuously be reviewing our strategies and equipment to ensure that we have the right tools suitable for every terrain,” he said.
The fallen heroes are IP Jackson Mukhanda, APC Nelson Warui Mwai, APC Benson Njoroge Wambui, APC Tom Ouma Ogony, APC Stephen Mulat, APC Arasa Lameck Rogena, CPL Mohamed Abduallahi, Ibrahim and APC Ayub Bashir Abdi.
Others include Noor Mohamed, APC Abdinasir Adan Edin, APC Boniface Mutuku, IP Isaack Durow, APC Abdikarim Osman, APC Khalif Yusuf, APC Oliver Ochieng, APC Hussein Aden and APC Yussuf Mwero.
The government is going to compensate their families according to the Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery.