President Uhuru Kenyatta has lauded the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) for their efforts in protecting the country from external threats including terrorist groups.
While addressing recruits during a military pass out parade in Eldoret on Thursday, the President lauded KDF’s achievements in fighting terrorism saying it had made progress in bringing stability to Kenya’s neighbouring countries.
“While we have made good progress in containing terrorism, it is important to note that we still have security challenges that require our attention. You are the right people for that job,” the president noted.
The President challenged the recruits to discharge their duties as expected while emulating their superiors in dealing with challenges that lie ahead.
“We are charging you with the duty of protecting this nation from assailants and intruders. It is important for you to appreciate that we still need to invest more effort to degrade the Al-Shabaab terrorists so as to, not only safeguard our sovereignty and territorial integrity but to help stabilize the Eastern African region,” he added.
President Kenyatta also recognized the contribution of KDF to the country’s development in challenging Kenyans to embrace the efficiency of the officers in executing their mandate.
The ceremony that involved over 1000 recruits also marked the second major event the President has attended since the first case of COVID-19 was recorded in the country in mid-march.
During this year’s event, and for the first time in history, the recruits took the oath of allegiance in the absence of their families due to COVID-19 restrictions.