the authorities’ silence after the loss of life of the Amisom soldier

Controversy arose in Kenya this week over the authorities’ silence on the deaths of troopers from the African Union’s mission in Somalia in an assault. The brother of one among the troopers killed occurs to be a former presidential candidate who has publicly regretted the dearth of feedback or reward from the federal government.

“I’m in shock and sadness,” we learn this Tuesday on Professor James Ole Kiyiapi’s Twitter account. This former senior Kenyan official, a candidate within the 2013 presidential election, has since mourned the loss of life of his “younger brother Johnson Olemoi Kiyiapi in Somalia”. And he took the chance to lament the authorities’ silence about his destiny, as properly of his inexperienced helmet mates. “They are dying incognito,” he concluded, as to date solely the press has reported on the assault wherein he was killed.

The assault came about on Monday not removed from the border within the Somali area of Gedo, in accordance with native media. A Kenyan navy truck in an Amisom convoy delivering water to Somalia hit an explosive gadget, killing between seven and 9 troopers, sources stated, and injured 5, all at a hospital in Nairobi.

As is their customized, neither Amisom nor the Kenyan military talked about this assault or gave a public evaluation. However, pictures of the destroyed truck have been circulating. And Professor Ole Kiyiapi’s household has been formally notified. Neither Amisom nor Kenya’s Defense Forces responded to our requests for touch upon the matter.

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