CORD CALLS FOR DAY OF MOURNING OVER SLAIN SOLDIERS:
The attack on and murder of Kenya soldiers operating in Somalia under the auspices of AMISON constitutes the worst such act against our troops in our history as a nation.
This attack has sparked off understandable panic, anger and uncertainty among our citizens who are seeking to better understand how this happened, the number of victims, the survivors and their whereabouts and how we ensure this does not happen again.
Once again, we send our deep condolences to families, friends and relatives of our fallen soldiers. We wish quick recovery to the wounded. We appeal to all Kenyans to stand firmly behind our soldiers and their families at this sad moment.
We urge our people to remain calm and vigilant. Although we are in shock, we must remain resolute. Even in this sorrow, we must be unbowed and we must not give up.
Because of the physical and psychological magnitude of this tragedy, we wish to appeal to the government to declare a two-day period of national mourning beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, January 19, 2016. We urge that during this period, all flags be flown at half-mast.
We urge the President to take charge and guide our grieving nation. The government needs to provide information on casualties, survivors and circumstances leading to this tragedy.
The president’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.
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.
Once again, our prayers are with the families, friends and relatives of the fallen soldiers.
We stand together.
RT. HON RAILA A ODINGA; EGH
HON KALONZO MUSYOKA.
SEN MOSES WETANGULA.
JANUARY 18, 2016.