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CONDOLENCE MESSAGE BY THE INSPECTOR GENERAL NATIONAL POLICE SERVICE MR. JOSEPH K. BOINNET MGH, nsc(AU) DURING THE MEMORIAL SERVICE OF ADMNISTRATION POLICE OFFICERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY BETWEEN 24TH AND 31ST MAY 2017 IN NORTH COAST AND NORTH EASTERN REGIONS

Dear bereaved families and colleagues,

I would like to begin by expressing my heartfelt condolences to the families of the fallen officers who met their cruel and untimely demise while performing their duties of maintaining law and order in the North Coast and North Eastern Regions, on diverse but in a quick succession of dates.

The dates between 24th to 31st May 2017 will remain one of the darkest days in the history of the National Police Service. Within this short period, we lost seventeen officers through acts of terrorism who were executing their mandate of maintaining law and order in the areas that were assigned to them. These were gallant warriors who paid the ultimate price in the service to our motherland, and even in death, the Country owes it unto them to pay glowing tributes for their sacrifice.

I wish to assure the parents of the departed officers, relatives, Police Officers and the country at large, that the unfortunate attacks which led to the loss of our colleagues will not be in vain. We are aware that we engaged in complicated war of fighting a faceless enemy but this will never dampen our spirits to bring normalcy in that particular part of the country. The innocent members of the public who reside there are Kenyans who deserve protection from the country’s security agencies, and we are the ones to do that job.

I am in constant communication with the officers operating in those areas and their message to the country and colleagues is that they will continue fearlessly with this fight until the course which our colleagues were pursuing, and for which they met their untimely death is accomplished. We cannot leave this task unaccomplished as this will amount into surrendering that part of the country to the forces of darkness. We will continuously be reviewing our strategies and equipment to ensure that we have the right tools suitable for every terrain.

I would like to encourage the public and every other person who has the advantage of accessing media facilities that what the security agencies of this country need at this time in the history of our country is encouragement and moral support. The country is facing a number of security challenges some of which have been around for some time, and we are doing all we can to bring order in the affected areas. Our assurance is that we are equal to the task, and committed to the course.

I once more wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of our departed colleagues, and quick recovery to those who have been injured. Whereas it is not possible to fill the gaps in your lives which have been left by the departed colleagues and family members, the National Police Service and the Government will do all that it can to help you settle.

May the Almighty God rest their souls in eternal peace Amen.

Thank you and may God bless you.

 JOSEPH K. BOINNET, MGH, nsc (AU)

INSPECTOR GENERAL

NATIONAL POLICE SERVICE

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