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Declare a two-day mourning in honour of KDF, Cord begs Uhuru

Opposition chiefs have called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to declare a two-day period of national mourning in honour of the Kenya Defence Forces soldiers who died last Friday following a terrorist attack by Al-Shabaab on their base in El-Ade, Somalia.

Cord co-principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula also urged the head of state to order flags to be flown at half-mast over the two-day period.

EMERGENCY CABINET MEETING

“It is our expectation that at this sad moment for our nation, the President should suspend all activities and convene an emergency session of the Cabinet which will provide way forward and guidance to our people. Nothing can be more important to our people at this moment,” the three said in a statement.

President Kenyatta, who is on an extended tour of the Coast region, was expected at Baricho Water Works in Kilifi County Monday to officially open the project which serves the County and Mombasa.

Later, he will address a public rally.

INFORMATION GAP

But the Cord brigade claims President Kenyatta’s leadership of this process will help close the information gap, which is currently being filled by Al Shabaab propaganda and reassure Kenyans that all is not lost.

While Kenya has provided no figures on the dead soldiers, Al Shabaab claim they killed more than 100 and taken others hostage.