Punish KDF soldiers behind barbaric Likoni rampage
SEE ALSO :KDF soldier killed, corpse burntThis cowardly and barbaric attack deserves the strongest possible condemnation. It points to a dearth of professionalism in the military. It points to gross indiscipline. If the military has forgotten, Kenya is a constitutional democracy governed by the rule of law. The rampage was not only uncalled for, but also illegal. If the soldiers have forgotten, someone should remind them that unless decreed otherwise, their mandate is to protect the country against external aggression. The soldiers may have scant regard for police officers, but, unfortunately, investigation of Mwangi’s killing is the duty of the police. The military police only come in when a crime is committed by military insiders. What happened in Mtongwe was a crime of immense proportions. To punish an entire community over the killing of one person is not only misguided, but also foolhardy. It is 100 per cent impossible for all residents of the sprawling slum to collectively kill a soldier or even conspire to commit a murder. The most rational angle is that the man was killed by a handful people, if not one. To hope that by meting out such brutality the military gain a confession or even arrest the killer/s, is to be delusional. In fact, the move might end up being counterproductive. It’s likely to erode the public’s trust in security agencies and thus corrode their relationship. Coming at a time when the Government is banking on the public for information to fight terrorism, drugs and marauding gangs at the Coast, the attack can only be unfortunate. It might hinder well-meaning people from volunteering information to police.
SEE ALSO :KDF soldiers beat up Likoni residentsBy launching war against the same people they are supposed to protect, the military has undermined one of its core values to “...always subordinate itself to democratic Civil Authority and exemplify civility in all its dealings with the people of Kenya”. They have just thrown civility and decorum out of the window. Three trucks In fact, by emulating police officers who are notorious for brutalising members of the public especially during protests, soldiers, who are held in high esteem for their sacrifices in Somalia, have dragged the good name of KDF through mud. Mtongwe attack was especially ugly because it appears to have been sanctioned by some senior military personnel—who ought to have known better. That the soldiers were driven in three trucks and some even bore guns, indicates the assault was premeditated and well planned and not a knee-jerk reaction by a few rogue troops which would have been more understandable. It is for this reason that we implore President Uhuru Kenyatta, Commander-In-Chief of Kenya Defence Forces and Samson Mwathethe, Chief of Defence Forces to intervene. They should apologise to Mtongwe residents and all Kenyans over the mindless orgy of violence.
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