Bad as it seem, the actual number and complete identity of the slain soldiers are yet to be established by the government.
Nobody knew it was going to take this long – I mean more than three weeks after the attack – to announce the grand total of the affected soldiers (both the kidnapped and the dead).
But as time swings by, new developments emerge and the confirmed death of Ulinzi Stars’ player is one of those kind of developments.
According to reports reaching us this morning, the player was among the soldiers who the Al Shabaab attack took heavy tolls on.
Though Kenyan forces stationed at the base had suffered significant casualties in the entire attack, Ouma’s death is not only a loss to Kenya military forces (KDF) and the all Kenyans, but also a loss to Kenya Premier League, Kenyan football fraternity as well as Kenyan football fans.
Kevin Ouma was confirmed death after the DNA samples of some fallen soldiers got tested.
One of the many samples indicate indeed Kevin Ouma, the Ulinzi Stars fullback, was among the killed soldiers in Al-Shabaab attack on KDF military camp in El Adde, Somalia Soka25east.com reports.
He was among the soldiers with KDF, sent to battle out Al- Shabaab in Somalia as part of their duties after the Sportpesa Premier League ended in 2015.
His roots and relatives say they tried putting a call through to him but all no avail
Among those who have paid tribute to the fallen player-cum-soldier is renowned football journalist and former player Fred Arocho of Radio Jambo.
Ulinzi Stars Football Club is yet to confirm the news.
Ouma could not play the whole of 2013 season as he winded up in knee injury. However he made a cameo in 2015 and gained second position for the club with 58 points, 20 behind league champions Gor Mahia.
The news of Ouma’s death come just less than a week into the start of the 2016 Sportpesa premier league. So sad, we must all admit. He didn’t deserve to die. He didn’t die for nothing. He died defending us. Pay last respect to one of the heroes of our time.
May the soul of Kevin Ouma rest in peace.