Matiang'i Honours Officer Who Sacrificed Himself to Save Colleagues [PHOTOS]

  • Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i (Left) and Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai pictured with the children of the late Police Constable John Njenga on July 28, 2020.
    Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i (Left) and Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai pictured with the children of the late Police Constable John Njenga on July 28, 2020.
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  • Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i on Tuesday, July 28, visited the home of the late Police Constable John Njenga, who died in the line of duty.

    CS Matiang'i revealed that the late constable died following his valiant efforts to save the lives of his colleagues, during a suspected terror attack at a police camp in Yumbis, Garissa County.

    "This afternoon, Inspector General (IG) of Police Hillary Mutyambai and I were in Kibichiku Village of Kiambu County to condole with the family of the late John Njenga who lost his life while foiling the recent Yumbis attack. His actions saved the lives of his colleagues, and displayed true service to the country," the Interior CS stated.

    "We honour him posthumously for his brave act," IG Mutyambai added.

    Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i shares a special moment with the son of the late Police Constable John Njenga on July 28, 2020.
    Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i shares a special moment with the son of the late Police Constable John Njenga on July 28, 2020.
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    The late officer was swift in his actions to repel the suspected Al-Shabaab attackers who stormed the police camp on Wednesday, July 22.

    Locals, while speaking to the media, said they heard loud explosions followed by a series of rapid gunfire at the Yumbis Rural Border Patrol Unit (RBPU) camp in Dadaab Sub-county.

    They further narrated how the attackers also targeted them for allegedly sharing intelligence information with security agencies posted in the area. 

    Consequently, the armed gunmen torched several houses as they rampaged through the area, with one particular home belonging to a head teacher of a school in Banane area.

    Northeastern Regional Coordinator Nick Ndalama, speaking after Kenya's valiant officers managed to crush the attackers, said that three officers injured during the melee were hospitalised in Garissa.

    Additional air support from the recently commissioned Modika Barracks were deployed to the area in response to the attack. 

    The new barracks was inaugurated on December 13, 2019, when President Uhuru Kenyatta presided over the ceremony of as the chief guest. 

    Kenyan police said Thursday they are on high alert after repulsing three Al-Shabaab attacks in the regions bordering Somalia within a week.

    Northeastern Regional Police Commander Rono Bunei has since stated that security has been beefed up along the Kenya-Somalia border.

    In the first week of July 2020, Kenyan security officers succesfully foiled attacks by the extremist group in Garissa, Mandera and Wajir counties.

    During one incident, the suspected terrorists attacked and destroyed a communication mast in Korakora area, in Garissa County.

    Bunei revealed that  20 gunmen staged the dawn attack on the mast before they were repulsed by police manning the site. No injury was reported in the Thursday, July 9, morning incident.

    He went on to explain that the extremists usually destroy telecommunication masts to cripple the ability of the police to respond in a coordinated manner, before they then shift their focus on inflicting harm on the locals.

    Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i speaking at the home of the late Police Constable John Njenga on July 28, 2020.
    Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i speaking at the home of the late Police Constable John Njenga on July 28, 2020.
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