In Ethopia, United States of America and Kenya women have been constantly flying the flag high in the last few weeks.Finally the president took notice of the girl child efforts in the battle ground while at passing out parade in Eldoret.
The Head of State spoke on today while he presided over the passing out parade of KDF recruits at the Recruits Training School (RTS) in Eldoret where he congratulated the graduands for completing a rigorous seven month military.
President Kenyatta noted that in national and international security and peace operations as well as in community service, KDF has shown that inclusion and unity in service always wins.
“A mark of inclusion also, is the number of female soldiers among our graduands today, to them too I say, congratulations, it is a mark of your excellence and patriotism, it’s a special pleasure to welcome you into service,” President Kenyatta said.
He also mentioned that it was a special pleasure to welcome the women into the Kenya Defence Forces crew.
Mr. Kenyatta welcomed the new recruits and urged them to maintain high level of discipline and integrity displayed during their 7-months training.
Emphasizing the need for national unity, the President commended KDF for demonstrating unity in its structure as well as its members’ diversity and harmony.
“For its part, KDF is a standing rebuke to the forces of division. In its unity, in its patriotism and in its devotion to the sovereignty of the Republic, it shows the very best of Kenya as a nation,” the President said.
As new service men and women of the Kenya Defence Forces, President Kenyatta urged them to cultivate the virtues that make a loyal and effective soldier for Kenya.
“These virtues are patriotism, knowledge and selflessness in service. You cannot truly protect what you do not love. I ask you today to cultivate deep love for this country,” President Kenyatta urged the young soldiers.
He further advised the graduating soldiers to seek knowledge and to put the interests of the country first in order to effectively keep Kenya safe.
“You cannot truly protect Kenya if you put yourself or your interests first. So learn to put your country and countrymen first,” the Head of State added.
President Kenyatta cited terrorism, radicalisation and violent extremism as some of the security threats that KDF has to protect Kenya against.
“That is why our Kenya Defence Forces will continue its operations in AMISOM,” he said.