Dramatic photos have emerged of Kenya Defence Force (KDF) officers rescuing a private transport pick-up along the Garissa-Hola Road.
The undated photos where shared by KDF. They show a KDF rescue truck pulling up a Toyota Hilux pick-up that had overturned along the muddy road. The pick-up is laden with boxes of what looks like Miraa (Khat).
“Blessed Sunday! Sometimes, help appears instantly. Kenya Army troops enroute to other duties along the Garissa -Hola Road saw this civilian vehicle that had overturned along the road. They stopped and successfully recovered the civilian vehicle,” says KDF.
Khat is legal in Kenya and is a main source of income for people in the counties of Meru, Embu and Garissa. It is widely used as a mild stimulant. It is also highly perishable and vehicles that transport it from the farms to the various markets are often driven at high speed. The driver of this pick registration KCX 011V must have lost his grip on the muddy road and overturned.
The photos were not dated and no injuries were reported. The Hilux cabin was intact, and only the vehicle’s left side-mirror appeared broken. Hopefully, the occupants continued with their journey, grateful to KDF officers, lessons learnt.
KDF officers have been active in Garissa area in an effort to forestall activities of the Somali terror group Al Shabaab. In April 2015, Al Shabaab gunmen attacked Garissa University and killed 148 people. There have been intermittent cases of attacks since, but not on this scale.