Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Tuesday his government will scale up budgetary allocation to the country’s security dockets to enable them to tackle security challenges effectively.
Kenyatta said as the government increase resources, security forces are expected to develop a clear and coherent strategy to confront terror and other security threats in the country.
“You must work together and uphold highest levels of co- ordination to ensure the country is safe and secure,” he said during the swearing in of the new Chief of Kenya Defense Forces (CDF) General Samson Mwathethe, his vice Lt. Gen Joseph Kasaon and Army Commander Lt-Gen Leonard Muriuki.
Kenyatta’s remarks came a day after U.S. said it will provide 100 million dollars this year to boost the war against terrorism in Kenya.
Kerry noted that terrorism is a global challenge that requires a collective response from the international community.
The East African nation is facing increased terror attacks from Somalia militants who have vowed to step up their onslaught on Kenya until Nairobi withdraws its troops in the Horn of Africa nation.
On Tuesday, Kenyatta asked the military, para-military, regular and administration police forces to pool resources to protect the country from both external and internal enemies.
He directed the security forces to use all resources at their disposal in defense of the country and the people of Kenya.
“The government is providing all the support required by the security forces including modern equipment to perform their duties, ” Kenyatta said.
He exuded confidence that with the will, determination and support of friendly nations, Kenya will overcome the security threats posed by terrorists.
President Kenyatta congratulated the new CDF on his new appointment, saying he was equal to the task as he embarked on serving the nation. The President also commended the outgoing CDF for upholding discipline in the KDF.
Defense Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo described transition in the military as “a civilized hand-over of power” worth emulating by other institutions.
General Mwathethe thanked the government for adequately equipping the military and also improving on the soldiers’ welfare.
“We have been fully catered for. We have no reasons not to deliver on our mandate,” the incoming CDF said.
Outgoing CDF General Julius Karangi retires after serving four Presidents during his 42 years and 108 days military service.
General Karangi was optimistic that the requirement for military top brass to serve for four years will continue to be upheld as it has proved to be effective. Enditem