The Government will scale up budgetary allocation to the country’s security dockets to enable them tackle security challenges effectively, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
President 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.
He asked the military; para-military, regular and administration police forces to pool resources to protect the country from both external and internal enemies.
“You must work together and uphold highest levels of co-ordination to ensure the country is safe and secure,” the President said.
The President spoke at State House, Nairobi, 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.
The Swearing in was conducted by the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua.
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,” the President 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 Amb. 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.
The colourful ceremony was attended by Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretaries Joseph Nkainsery, Amina Mohamed, Attorney General Githu Muigai, military commanders, spouses of the newly appointed Generals and senior government officials.