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Kenyan leader says troops to step up peacekeeping efforts



Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday promised to continue with peacekeeping operations across the world and the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) will continue supporting the quest for peace and stabilisation of Somalia.
The quest for peace and stabilisation of Somalia will be under the auspices of the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
Kenyatta said this on Wednesday in Eldoret in Northwest Kenya where he presided over a KDF recruit passing out parade.
“Not only does this bring peace, security and stability to a neighbouring state with which we share deep historic bonds, it also provides our nation with safety and security from terror groups and other asymmetrical threats,” he said.
Kenyatta said the soldiers would continue to carry on Kenya’s proud tradition of participation in UN peacekeeping operations whenever called upon.
He said Kenya has always stood together with all nations and peoples of the world, who adhere to the universal principles of utmost respect for human rights, democracy and freedom.
“We shall never waver from that solemn commitment, and each graduand today should expect to be called upon to continue that tradition wherever the demands of keeping the peace may require,” Kenyatta said.
He said the government would continue investing to give security forces the best training and equipment necessary for the security challenges of the 21st century.
“It is also important to note that the 21st century defence landscape is one that requires our warriors to be better, stronger, more committed and more competent than ever before.
“I have the utmost confidence in the ability of the Kenya Defence Forces to rise up to these challenges,” he said.
The president lauded KDF’s efforts to speed up the pace of Kenya’s industrialisation.
The president noted that the country’s prosperity goes hand-in-hand with an environment of peace and security enabled by the KDF and sister agencies in the security and defence sectors.
He called upon the military to be direct drivers of Kenya’s prosperity by contributing to the national industrialisation processes.
He said the KDF would continue playing its role in regional and international security with more vigour.
He noted that he appreciates the role KDF had continued to play in securing Kenya within the framework of multi-agency operations.

Edited by Fatima Sule/Donald Ugwu

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