KOT slam Kenya Navy for allegedly refusing to rescue fishermen lost at sea
Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) on Friday expressed deep anger following reports that Kenya Navy officials allegedly spotted four fishermen who got lost at sea but refused to rescue them.
This comes following a story aired on Citizen TV Thursday night where Malik Mbwana, the captain of the boat that drifted to the deep sea on December 9, revealed that – after a week – they saw a team of navy soldiers patrolling the sea and asked for help, even water to drink, but they (navy) refused to help them.
They hence stayed at sea a while longer, surviving on salty water and dry raw fish, until 17 days later when they found themselves near Ngomeni village.
They were rescued and rushed to Malindi sub-county hospital where they were later discharged after medical checkup and re-united with their families.
The story has since evoked angry reactions from Kenyans online, with Kenya Navy trending top in the country on Twitter for the better part of Friday.
Lucky To Be Alive: Four fishermen missing for 17 days found alive at sea. Their boat ran out of fuel and drifted, in Ziwayu, Kilifi
They fed on 58Kgs of lobster and fish they had caught
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) December 26, 2019
Kenya Navy is a disgrace to patriotism. These guys Just abandoned Four fishermen in deep sea even after the fishermen begging them to save them or even give them just a drop of water. This is what you get for selecting individuals based on dental nomenclature instead of IQ & EQ.
— BRAVIN™ (@BravinYuri) December 27, 2019
So why do we have navy in the first place if they can’t perform such a crucial rescue? These men would’ve died then? Shame on you Kenya Navy pic.twitter.com/cbd1ZpNYp2
— Bel Akinyi (@BelAkinyii) December 27, 2019
The Government of Kenya spokesperson is Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna, who also happens to be a former KDF spokesperson. He's always quick to appear on tv to clarify a few things whenever there's an opportunity to wax lyrical. For him to keep quiet on this Kenya Navy fiasco tells a lot.
— Gabriel Oguda (@gabrieloguda) December 27, 2019
We should cut the budget of Kenya Navy by half. Also, they must be prevented from wearing those white uniforms. Let them wear same uniforms as Kenya Police or NYS. Our Navy has proven to be more useless than soup made from shadow of a starved bedbug. Bure Kabisa!
— Bishop of Hope (@NdegeSerikal) December 27, 2019
After thorough consideration I've decided I will not castigate Kenya Navy until I hear their side of the story. What if the don't know how to swim? You know qualifications for Kenya navy are; kujuana, kitu kidogo, mbio, dental arrangement, kujuana tena, pesa ingine zaidi.
— THE INCREDIBLY TERRIBLE! (@allen_arnold) December 27, 2019
Kenya Navy hawana utu. How do you abandon fellow citizens in the deep seas even after begging for water to quench their thirst! I’m glad that the four fishermen survived the harsh condition they underwent. Ni Mungu tu. I wonder what criteria is used to recruit these empty heads!
— Suzanna OWIYO – OGW (@SuzannaOwiyo) December 27, 2019