Corporal Edwin during the opening ceremony of the East African Military Games in Nairobi. PHOTO/COURTESY
The East African Military Games and Cultural events kicked off on Tuesday at Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi as Kenya hopes to defend its Championship it won two years ago in Burundi.
However, one soldier boy who inspired many during the opening ceremony. Corporal Edwine Wekomba, 30, created an atmosphere of inspiration to the entire region when he flied high the military flag on his wheelchair.
The former goalkeeper at Namachanja High School in Bungoma County lost his legs in 2017 while defending the country against the al Shabaab militants in Somalia.
Despite his condition, the gallant soldier has remained passionate about military activities as well as championing for the rights of people living with disabilities.
Corporal Edwin on May 30th this year captured the attention of many when when he treated street children in his home town Bungoma to a humble lunch to mark the second “anniversary” of the fateful day that could have ended his life.
Shortly after spending three months in the ICU following the ambush on his team on the foreign soil, President Uhuru Kenyatta awarded him the title of Silver Star Medal for his dedication to continue serving the nation despite the risk and the tormenting torture he went through.
Kenya won five medals- four gold and one bronze- q in the five disciplines during the last edition held in Burundi in 2017. The event will bring together military teams from Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and hosts Kenya and will compete in football, basketball, netball, volleyball and cross-country. The country will participate in all five disciplines.
Ladies will compete in cross country, volleyball and netball while their male counterparts will challenge in cross country as well as football and basketball, according to The Star.Defense CS Rachael Omamo (in black) congratulates Corporal Edwine at Kasarani Stadium. Watching on is Sports CS Dr. Amina Mohammed. PHOTO/COURTESY
South Sudan will be competing for a second time having made their debut in the last edition. Apart from netball and cross country, all the other events will be held in Kasarani.
The games were commissioned by Defense CS Rachael Omamo and her Sports counterpart Am. Amina Mohammed and are expected to end on August 24th.