Politician Musalia Mudavadi revealed for the first time that his son was holed up at the Dusit D2 complex during the January 15 terror attack.
Mudavadi’s son, Michael, who works at the 14 Riverside Drive complex was rescued after two hours when gunmen allied to Al Shabaab terror group attacked.
On Saturday, at Kimala Village in Taveta town, Mudavadi said he came all the way from Nairobi to this remote village to mourn the loss of the 27-year-old GSU officer who died in the attack.
Japhet Nduguja Kimala was killed by the terrorists during the rescue of the people who were at the complex.
“Many people would ask why I have come here today. I have come here with my wife to pay a special tribute to this young man who was killed while saving hundreds of people during that terror attack at Dusit D2 in Westlands,” said Mudavadi.
On that fateful day, Mudavadi said, the son was at work. And he sent a text message saying everything he had to say, in case he never made it out alive.
“My son, who is called Michael, sent a text message to me and his mother saying that he might die, he loves us and we should pray for him,” said Mudavadi.
Michael and three other colleagues then went and hid behind a staircase on the emergency exit, according to Mudavadi.
“They went and hid behind a staircase, there was an opening somewhere. For two hours, there was gunfire in the building, it was a bad scene, but they were eventually rescued after three hours,” said Mudavadi.
Mudavadi said it was because of the courage of the GSU officers that responded to the attack that his son and 700 people were rescued,
“I’m here because I was touched with the courage of the GSU officers who stormed that building to save lives of over 700 people. This young man, whom I did not know, was among the officers who rescued my son and all those who were at Dusit D2,” said Mudavadi.
Kimala was buried at his home village in a ceremony attended by thousands of mourners, including Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, his ICT counterpart Joe Mucheru and Taita Taveta governor Granton Samboja among other leaders.
Nuru, an elite GSU officer, who joined the National Police Service in April 2015, had only served in for three years before he was killed in the attack.