Top security chiefs and families of the 17 police officers killed in multiple terrorist attacks yesterday mourned the slain officers in a sombre memorial service held at Administration Police Training College in Embakasi, Nairobi.
In the three hours service, security chiefs eulogised the officers as diligent heroes who died in defence of the nation adding that the service has suffered a great loss. Interior Cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery said the government would settle all the funeral expenses and ensure compensation from the insurance firm that covers all the service members.
“We wish to assure the families and police service of our support. It pains we have lost good men and women in the fight against terrorism some in their early 20’s whom the families had invested heavily. We want to assure you of government support,” he said.
A relative of 27-year-old Administration Police Constable Stephen Mulat, who is one of the six officers who died in the Lamu attack, described him as a noble and supportive family member.According to his uncle Albert Munyasia, Mulat was the only child in the family. His mother died in 1990, six months after he was born.
“We have lost a very intelligent boy and a key pillar in our family. He was the only child in the family. We urge the government to ensure the safety of the police officers,” he said. Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said law enforcers are committed to subduing the al Shabaab insurgents and their sympathisers.
During the service, grieving but relatively composed family members followed a series of prayers keenly with some talking in low hashed tones. Nkaissery said the nation should be celebrating the lives of the officers as a reminder of the Kenyan national values. “I stand before you in solidarity with the National Police Service for the fallen heroes.
I have brought condolences from His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta. He is the Commander In Chief and he has supported us greatly,” he added.
He said the security agencies have thwarted many terrorist attacks in Coast and North Eastern regions since the operation began adding the government is determined more than ever to win the war against terror and violent extremism. He also urged police recruits to honour and be disciplined to the call of duty to serve the nation since safety and security of the country depends on their loyalty and character.
National Police Service Commission chairman Johnston Kavuludi urged police officers to fight on as it is a service to the nation. “We salute our officers who died in their line of duty.
They met tragic end of their lives which is a sign of their bravely and dedication,” said Kavuludi. Deputy Inspector General, Administration Police Service Samwel Arachi said the service would not relent in its fight to make the country safe.