KDF claims to rescue two already freed Kenyans in yet another PR crisis
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Reports by several news & media outlets have been circulating on the Internet regarding the claimed rescuing of the Kenyan nationals by the KDF inside Somalia.
The reports were based on claims by the KDF itself who on their official twitter account mentioned “Yesterday 10th April 2014, KDF troops within AMISOM successfully rescued two aid workers kidnapped by alshabaab in 2011.”
The two said man have been identified as James Kiarie Gichuhi and Daniel Njugund and according to the KDF are now hospitalized at a hospital in Dhobley.
However, the authenticity of the claim was quickly questioned by many as the names seemed strikingly familiar to many. According to many reliable sources the two men were in fact freed by Al-Shabaab around two months ago after they announced their conversion to Islam, consequently being awarded their freedom by the militants. Pictures and videos confirming their conversion were widely circulated on the Internet by various sites, including Harar24.
The KDF further claimed that the 52-years old James Kiarie was working for CARE International, while 28-years old Daniel Njugund was apparently working for MSF, a claim quickly denied MSF’s spokesman who said Mr. Njugund was not one of their employees.
It’s not unusual for the KDF to make incorrect claims regarding their military operation in Somalia, which usually are quickly dispelled and then dismissed as “lies” or “propaganda” by the people.