In Summary
  • The officer was attached to the Bar’goni Military Camp Special Unit and had been in the army since 2009.
  • He is survived by a wife and two children.
  • Meanwhile, the search for the suspected Al-Shabaab militants who planted the IEDs has intensified.

A KDF soldier who died shortly after being airlifted to Nairobi for treatment will be buried in Kiunga, Lamu County, on Friday. Senior Private Ali Athman Shee Shalima was among those in the vehicle that ran over an improvised explosive device (IED) at Kwa Omollo Bridge on the Bodhei-Bar’goni road on Wednesday. He was attached to the Bar’goni Military Camp Special Unit and had been in the army since 2009. He is survived by a wife and two children.

The family gathered in Lamu town on Thursday to begin their boat journey to Kiunga, where he will be buried Friday.

DISCIPLINED

“The body has already left the Memorial Forces Hospital in Nairobi and will be flown straight to Kiunga for burial today. That’s why we are going there to make preparations for the burial this morning,” his aunt, Ms Mariam Shee Bakari, told the Nation.

Ms Bakari, who sponsored Shalima's secondary education, described him as humble, calm and disciplined, adding that his death was a big blow to the family.

“His father and mother are old. His father was a fisherman but can no longer work due to his age. Ali, the second-born in a family four children, was the family's sole breadwinner,” she said.

Meanwhile, Ali's cousin Answar Salim described him as a friendly person.

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