NAKURU (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on
Thursday reiterated that troops will keep fighting al-Shabab
militants in Somalia until peace and stability is
restored to the region.
said Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) which is part of the
African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) will continue
their work in Somalia until the Horn of African nation
returns to full normalcy.
forces remain steadfast in their mission to bring peace
and lasting stability in the horn of Africa region with
unwavering zeal and determination,” he said in Gilgil
when he commissioned the sixth batch of military cadets
after three-year training.
cadets underwent three years of rigorous training as
part of ongoing reform efforts to keep Kenya’s military
on par with the best in the world.
pursuance of this objective and that of the
international community our troops will continue being
part of AMISOM until such time that our objective has
been achieved,” Kenyatta said.
Kenyan soldiers crossed into Somalia in 2011, Islamist
militants have staged a string of attacks in Kenya,
including April 2, 2015 massacre at Garissa University
that left 148 students dead and a 2013 assault on
Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall that killed 67.
called on the new officers to keep the tradition of the
Kenya Defence Forces of being among the best soldiers in
“KDF has a
track record for discipline and respect that is
recognized nationally and internationally,” said the
experts have said poor command structures and failure to
share intelligence have hampered the work of the
security forces hence the training.
president said the current training program is informed
by the new challenges Kenya is facing including
cross-border threats such as terrorism and other forms
of trans-boundary criminal activities.
commissioned officers have been trained under the new
curriculum which incorporates academic and character
development studies leading to the award of a Bachelors
degree in military and security studies.
besides the professional military training which
predominantly entails tactics and physical endurance
required to survive in the battle field.
course is administered by the Kenya Military Academy in
partnership with Kenyatta University.
said the training was revamped to respond to the complex
nature of security challenges facing Kenya and the
world, and is tailored to produce highly competent
military officers not just for Kenya but for allied
neighboring countries as well.