The 12th edition on East African military games kicked off in style at Kasarani on Tuesday, with all participants gathering for the unique yet important games.
Defense Secretary Raychelle Omamo and her sports counterpart Amina Mohamed witnessed the opening ceremony at Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani.
But the heroics of Corporal Edwin Wekoba moved the generals who attended the event. Amputated after falling trap to enemies in Somalia, Wekoba is still active in KDF and carried EAC flag.
Kenya invaded Somalia in 2011 following the threat by Al-Shabaab militants and has since remained in AMISOM forces. Edwin was injured in the process during one of many fights in Somalia.
"Corporal Edwin Wekoba boldly holds high the East African Community flag ushering in the 12th East African Military Games and Cultural Event at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.
"Despite losing his legs while serving Kenya in Somalia, he is still strong in service within KDF," tweeted KDF.
KDF continues to hold on soldiers injured in battle fields but most of them are stationed at the headquarters where they undertake lighter duties.
Present during the opening ceremony were Chief of Defense Forces General Samson Mwathethe, Vice Chief of Defense Forces Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi among other top military officials.
Kenya Defence Forces football team defeated their Burundian counterparts 4-0 in an exciting opening match for the 12th East African Community Military Games and Cultural Event 2019.
Oscar Wamalwa scored a hat trick with Enosh Ochieng’ scoring one goal to seal the win for Ulinzi.