Ex-KDF soldiers plead with Uhuru over abject poverty. The soldiers in Mandera County called on the government to alleviate their suffering so as to lead decent lives, especially after the service they granted their suffering.
According to Mohammed Adan, a retired corporal, claim the KDF soldiers served the country with dedication and despite this fact, most of them live in absolute poverty.
Adan, who joined the Kenya Army in 1976 and retired in 1999, said the retirement package he was given was less than Ksh5000 and was followed by a monthly pension of Ksh1,000.
“I just managed to buy a 70 by 80 feet plot where I am currently living with my 12 children, all of whom are unemployed,” explained the retired soldier. He claims he served the country wholeheartedly during the Shifta War that claimed many lives in Northern Kenya.
Most of the KDF soldiers now say they feel neglected by the government and their hopes of improved lifestyle have been thwarted as they have been neglected for quite some time.
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According to the report, another retiree, Mohammed Abdi, who worked in the forces from 1972 to 1966, urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to address the problem of poor living conditions among former KDF officers.
Abdi is quoted lamenting, “Nobody cares for us anymore and we are asking the president who is the Commander-in-Chief to help us lead a decent life.’’
The bitter former heroes await the president’s response to their plea hoping he will help them lead a decent life.