The Family of slain army Officer Bernard Kiboyi is yet to come to terms with the shocking news of his demise after they were informed that he was one of the officers who passed away in Kulbiyow camp in Somalia after an attack by the Al-shabaab militants.
According to his brother Patrick Masibayi the late Bernard Kiboyi who joined the Kenya Defense Forces in the year 1992 had been of much help to his extended family after their parents passed on some years back and had been helping them a great deal.
He disclosed that they received with shock the news of the demise of 49-year-old soldier, saying he visited them in December last year as they planned for the anniversary ceremony of their late parents saying the death has really hit them hard.
“Some of our family members have gone to Nairobi to help in identifying the body as we continue with burial arrangements here back at home and are planning to bury our beloved brother on 11th of February 2017,” he said.
Mr. Masibayi proposed that the Kenya government should consider withdrawing the Kenyan troops from Somalia saying this time the strategy of fighting the al-shabaab militants should change saying many families have lost their loved ones.
He said the troops should just be guarding the international borders of the country so as to keep the country safe from the attacks saying with them continuing to stay away in the Somalia is not safe for the lives of the soldiers.
His sentiments were echoed by their sister in law who proposed fthe Kenyan government to also consider setting up a kitty for every soldier who dies in line of duty which will benefit the families they have left behind saying most of them were sole breadwinners of their families and when they pass on their families end up suffering a lot.
She, for instance, said the late Bernard was supporting his four children and other three in their education saying one of his children is set to join university after completing her high school education saying it will be hard to cater for their education.