The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Newly-Wed Suguta Valley Victim Buried in Rongo

ONE of the officers killed in the bandit attack at Suguta Valley was buried at Rongo in Migori at the weekend. Dan Odhiambo Omollo, 26, burial at Sigiria village was attended by Public Service minister Dalmas Otieno.

He had recently married Beatrice Okwaro and was the sole breadwinner. "We married three months ago. He went back to work promising we will live together where he would be posted," she said Omollo was educating two siblings in form two and three. He was eulogised as a hardworking and humble.

George Odwogo, Omollo's father, called on the government to fulfil its promise to fund the burial of the officers saying they have not received the money.

Omollo was among 42 officers killed by bandits in an ambush at Suguta valley in Samburu three weeks ago. Dalmas said the officers were well-trained contrary to reports that they were recruits.

"The tragedy did not happen due to lack of experience. It was unfortunate that the bandits caught them unaware and killed them because the officers were trained at Kiganjo," he said.

Dalmas added that he supports President Kibaki's decision to deploy the Kenya Defense Forces and opening a police post at Suguta Valley. "Soon banditry cases will be no more as the government will not spare suspects. We cannot allow criminals to take control of our country, but we must find a way of dealing and get rid of them," he said.

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