Uhuru condoles with families of fallen police officers
President Uhuru Kenyatta has joined other Kenyans in condoling with the families of seven police officers who were killed by a rogue officer at Kapenguria Police Station.
The President described the fallen officers as young patriots who died defending the law and order from a depraved killer
“Today, I mourn with the families of the young men who died in Kapenguria defending their nation against a depraved killer,” President Kenyatta said in a statement.
The president assured Kenyans that the government and investigative agencies will do all within their power to establish what motivated the attack.
“In days to come, my government will give their families every support as they come to terms with these tragic events. My family and I pray that God will grant them the grace to bear these losses,” he added.
Meanwhile, in the wake of the killings, Kenyans took to social media to express sympathy and convey words of encouragement to the families of the victims.
A total of seven officers were killed including the station commander of Kapenguria Police Station. Also killed were five regular police officers, and a General Service Unit Reece squad commando.
A newly wed Dennis Momanyi of GSU recce COY Ruiru was among the seven people who died in the standoff that lasted 8 hours.
A Facebook tribute by the Recce company to a newly wed officer, Dennis Momanyi, who was among those killed read:
“RIP officer Dennis Momanyi of Recce Coy Ruiru, it was just the other month that you got married & now you are no more. You have left us too soon but may your soul rest in peace. Our condolences to your wife & family, we will never forget you & the ultimate sacrifice you made.”
There were also numerous messages of condolence to the families of the victims on Twitter.
My deepest condolences to the family & friends of police officers who’ve lost their lives. Sad indeed.May their souls RIP #KapenguriaAttack
— Suzanna Owiyo – OGW (@SuzannaOwiyo) July 14, 2016
Wondering how 1 person can hold a POLICE STATION under siege kill 6 police officers including a OCS under police custody #KapenguriaAttack
— Follow IG @iam_abeta (@Iam_Abeta) July 14, 2016