President Uhuru Kenyatta presided over the passing out parade of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) at the Moi Barracks in Eldoret on Wednesday. Over 3,000 soldiers have graduated from the Recruits Training School. Speaking at the function, President Kenyatta said the new soldiers are graduating at a pivotal time when there is a rapidly changing and dynamic environment in warfare. He noted that the environment isn’t stagnant at the moment, with asymmetrical warfare requiring the highest degree of competence and adaptability.
He said the government, as a result, has focused on modernizing training methods, “The government has implemented concerted efforts aimed at modernizing training methods in order to align with emerging challenges.” He further affirmed that Kenya’s prosperity goes hand in hand with an environment of peace and security made possible by the KDF and other security agencies,adding that Kenya won’t relent in its peacekeeping missions in the region.
He cited the peace keeping mission in Somalia under AMISOM, “Not only does this bring peace and security to our neighboring states but it also provides our nation with safety and security from terrorist groups and other asymmetrical threats,” he noted. He also cited Kenya’s involvement in United Nations missions, saying the nation has always supported those who show utmost respect for human rights,democracy and freedom.”We shall never waver from that solemn commitment,” he said, and that all graduands should expect to be called upon to continue the tradition whatever the demands of peacekeeping are required.