The text message of the slain young AP officer Dickens Wakhu has send shivers in the interior security ministry as it reveals that most officers may be considering resignation or deserting work stations due to raging insecurity.
Most affected duty stations are those in North Eastern Kenya a reliable source has indicated.
Here is how Standard News reported the story about the txt message of the young police officer who was also a masters degree student.
“Daddy if the security situation continues to be like this in this region, I will resign as an Administration Police officer,” that was the last message slain AP Dickens Wakhu told his father Fanuel Wegulo a week before his death.
But Mr Wegulo, who was attending a Kakamega County head teachers’ conference in Mwanza, Tanzania, told him to wait until he comes back to Kenya to discuss his resignation from the service he had yearned to join for years.
“I told him I am out of the country but we will discuss the issue when I come back. I am back but he is no more,” said the distraught Wegulo. In Makhonge village in Tongaren, Bungoma County, family and friends are yet to comprehend what they term as premature death of their loved one while on official duty to protect Kenyans.
According to family and friends on social media, Wakhu was a committed, respectful and disciplined officer. He met his death in the hands of terrorists in Yumbis, Garissa County, on May 26. He was based at Dadaab AP camp after joining the service in 2012. Wegulo said he received the sad news from his nephew who had got the information from social media.
Wegulo blames the death of his son on lack of co-ordination among security agencies, saying the Government should deploy KDF troops to the insecurity prone North Eastern instead of police officers. “The Government should deploy military officers to insecurity prone areas instead of using police officers.
Lack of co-ordination among security agencies is also to be blamed for the rampant insecurity incidents in the country,” he said. Wegulo said his son had enrolled for a Master’s degree at Maseno University and had promised him a lot of things which now remain wishes that will never be achieved.
“It is now history for me because he has not lived to achieve it,” he said.
MOTHER DIED His uncle Jefuniah Khaemba is still dumbfounded and does not seem to believe his nephew died in the hands of terrorists.
He blames the Government, saying it has taken a long time to learn lessons from the increasing insecurity in the nation. “I lack words. Dickens’ (Wakhu) death has hit us hard.
The Government should take serious steps to deal with insecurity in this country,” said Khaemba. Wakhu joined AP in 2012, a year after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology.
He passed out in 2014 and was deployed to Garissa, after two weeks he was transferred to Liboi AP camp. After six months he was moved to Dadaab AP camp where he worked until his demise. Born on January 8, 1987, Wakhu was the first of three siblings. His mother died 11 years ago. He will be buried on June 6.