A Kenya Defence Force soldier who was captured by Al shabab militants during El Adde attack in 2016 has been executed.
Leonard Maingi begged President Uhuru Kenyatta to withdraw KDF troops from Somali on a video that was widely shared on social media if his life was to be spared by the militants. His freedom, Maingi said, was in the hands of Head of State.
Another video has been released of the soldier, who has been in captivity since 15, January 2017, blaming his imminent execution to Uhuru’s decision to stay put in Somali. The KDF has not yet released a statement to deny or confirm the execution of the soldier.
In the video, Maingi urges fellow Kenyans to vote wisely in what is seen as a subtle support for opposition leader Raila Odinga. We cannot share the propaganda video because of its graphic nature.
Former NTV journalist Yassin Juma took to social media to relay the sad news of the execution of the soldier.
Maingi was reportedly executed after the Kenya government declined to negotiate his release.
“#Alshabaab releases video of the execution of captured KDF soldier Leonard Maingi after #Kenya govt declined negotiation for his release,” Yassin Juma posted on twitter.
Last year, Yassin was briefly arrested and locked up at the Muthaiga Police station for questioning over his coverage of the brazen KDF El Adde camp attack by Al Shabab militants. An unknown number of soldiers were mowed down by the militants.