A general Service Unit officer from Tharaka who died in Mandera in a suspected terror act was laid to rest in Karwamba village, Nkondi ward in Tharaka south sub county in a sendoff graced by his seniors and colleagues from various ranks especially those from Tharaka region.
Douglas Mugambi a police constable and a driver passed on while being airlifted to Nairobi on 29th November for treatment for injuries he sustained after a vehicle he was driving ran over an improvised explosive device at Jabibar area within Rhamu sub county approximately 25KM from Rhamu town in Mandela county
His demise comes barely a year after another GSU officer from the same village passed on in a terror attack in Garissa, being a similar case where an officer from the same unit was buried in Miomponi in the same ward two years ago after succumbing to a terror attack bringing the number of GSU officers who have died from terror related attacks from the area to three.
Speaking during the burial, his seniors termed him as an officer who was committed to serving his nation at all costs and as a patriot who was disciplined, having not been summoned over any Indiscipline case since 2004 when he joined the forces.
Tharaka MP Gitonga Murugara who was present strongly faulted the leadership of the state for disregarding the safety of Kenyan officers and instead focusing on non-issues like the current Building Bridges Initiative which according to him is meant to satisfy personal interests of some personalities and not for the interest of the common man as their endorsers are purporting.
“We are being told that the aim of BBI is to ensure that there is peace and unity after general elections to avert chaos like in the recent past. I am however confused as I have not seen any clause of the document recommending that any loser of an election to concede in case of a defeat,’’ Murugara wondered.
Further, Murugara noted that security officers in Kenya are working under undesirable environment and conditions which makes their operations hard despite their critical role of keeping the nation secure, challenges that the MP attributed to the rampant corruption in the country.
“Security officers in Kenya are working under very poor remunerations despite of the risks they goes through in course of their duties. Also the officers need modern and powerful weapons and gadgets to operate which the government can achieve if they can stop the corruption that is ravaging the economy and instead channel such money to security bodies,’’ he said.
Therefore as a legislator in the national assembly, Murugara vowed to table the interests of the forces in bid to ensure such untimely and cruel deaths of Kenyan forces are avoided and the officers have better working conditions.
A good number of Kenyan officers have lost lives to terror groups especially in North Eastern parts of Kenya and in Somali where the Kenyan troops have been for a peace keeping mission. It now remains a matter of waiting to see if the MP will act to his words and table a motion in parliament that would change the state of Kenyan forces.