Sep 24, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta praised Kenya Defence Forces [KDF] for proving to be one of the leading role models in the development of the country.
Speaking during a military pass-out parade in Eldoret, president Kenyatta said the Kenyan Defence Force has successfully rehabilitated railway lines between Nakuru and Kisumu and also between Nairobi and Nanyuki, among others. The army has also renewed the Kisumu Port.
According to president Uhuru Kenyatta these are just a few of such projects the Defence Forces have executed with excellence and for this reason, Kenyans must be proud of their army for their contribution to the realization of the Vision 2030 journey,
“We also recognize the contribution that our Defense Forces continue to make to our country as a whole, especially in utilizing their skills and assets to spearhead selected strategic development projects;
“The rehabilitation works on the Nairobi to Nanyuki meter gauge railway line, the work done by Navy Engineers in the rehabilitation of the Kisumu Port, and the ongoing work on Nakuru to Kisumu line; are a few of such projects the Defence Forces have executed with excellence. For this reason, we are, indeed, proud of your contribution to the realization of the Vision 2030 journey,” the President said.
Speaking at the KDF’s Recruits Training School in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, President Kenyatta challenged Kenyans and especially politicians and agencies to follow the footsteps of the Kenyan army, KDF.
“I urge all Kenyans and, indeed, all Government Agencies, to emulate this commitment of excellence from the Kenya Defence Forces,” President Kenyatta said.
Kenyatta praised his army for standing out in the region in the fight against terrorism and for upholding international standards in training and professionalism.
“The continuous participation of our military in these missions reflects the confidence that the international community, through the United Nations and the Security Council, in particular, has in our Nation’s Defence Forces. This, indeed, is a true testimony of the high standards of our military training and professionalism,” President Uhuru said.
President Kenyatta called on the recruits to enumerate the footsteps of the army that came before them to go far and beyond.
“We are charging you with the duty of protecting this nation from assailants and intruders…The training you have undergone is to empower you with the skills” Kenyatta said
The president encourage women to join the army and advise both men and women to demonstrate team spirit by working as one cohesive family.
“It is important for these young women, working alongside men, to find meaning and purpose in their work. When these young men and women joined the Kenya Defense Forces, from all parts of this great nation, they became one cohesive family,” he said.
President Kenyatta was accompanied by his Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces General Robert Kariuki Kibochi and his top commanders.
The President awarded those who have outperformed their colleagues during the training and encouraged others to work hard.
Among those who received trophies were Gabriel Kipanga and Lawrence Mutua for the best and second best recruits. Miriam Cherono of Kenya Navy went home with the best female award while Brian Njeru of Kenya Navy won the best combat marksman.
The graduation ceremony was also attended by Defence Cabinet Secretary Dr Monica Juma, The Governor of Uasin Gishu Jackson Mandago and Governor Alex Tolgos of Elgeyo Marakwet.