Yesterday, Thursday January 21, the Uhuru Park was an all-night candlelight and flowers affair, as hundreds of Kenyans trooped to the Park in Nairobi for a vigil in honour of the Kenyan soldiers who had been killed by the Al Shabaab Islamic terrorist group last week in Somalia.
The organizers of the vigil, as well as many in attendant, blamed the government for its slow response, its inability to account for the number of soldiers yet to be found, and for not announcing the number of soldiers already rescued.
Last week, a number of Al Shabaab terrorists invaded the Kenyan Defence Force’s camp in Somalia, detonating a car-bomb within the gate before proceeding to set the entire camp on fire, capturing and imprisoning several of the Kenyan military personnel working in the camp.
Al Shabaab, the group responsible for the attack, which is also affiliated with Al Qaeda, claimed to have killed over 100 Kenyan soldiers, but the Kenyan government is yet to make an official announcement as to how many of its soldiers were lost in the invasion.
According to some of the organizers of the vigil at the Uhuru Park, the vigil is to hold for at least three days. Also, many of those in attendance took to Social media, calling on their compatriots within and outside of Nairobi to come out enmasse for the vigil expected to continue for three days.
A lot of the people in attendance had flowers in their hands. Some women had tears on their faces, and most of the attendendees had lighted candles in their hand most of the night. Some of those in the vigil also took to Social Media, pleading with the government to act swiftly in being adequately accountable to the people of Kenya as regards the number of casualty in the Al Shabaab attacks.
Several Kenyan flags, as well as statues signifying the dead unknown soldier of the Somalian attack, were mounted in the Park.