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Days after the US announced it was pressing for permission to carry out armed drone attacks in Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta paid a courtesy visit to KDF’s Military Training Area in Samburu.
The president who had a front-row seat during the KDF’s training exercise on Friday, September 18, is said to have praised the excellent work they were doing in protecting the country.
A Facebook post shared on KDF’s official page showed the head of state was accompanied by Defence CS Monica Juma and Chief of the Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi. “President of the Republic of Kenya and the Commander-in-Chief (CinC) of the KDF has lauded the troops for their mission readiness to defend Kenya’s territorial integrity,” said KDF.
Service commanders, senior military officers, officers and service members were also present at the event where Uhuru watched as the soldiers detonated a bomb. “The CinC was adressing troops from the three KDF services who demonstrted their firepower capability and manoeuvre in a joint opertaion training excersie,” read the post.
The exercise by the three armed forces including the Kenya Army, Kenya Navy and the Kenya Air Force was to demonstrate their ability to support each other on a mission to neutralise an enemy.
Uhuru’s visit to the training area came barely two days after AMISON Sector II Comandeer Brigadier Paul Njema held talks with Somali Security Forces commmanders anfd locla admins.
He acknowledged the continued partnership in fostering peace and security in the region and further urged the team not to tire in ensuring the area achieves lasting stability. “AMISOM is currently focused on the Somali Transition Plan which will soon see all security responsibilities transferred to you,” Njema said
“We are committed to providing mentorship and assure you that we shall continue to work together to clear any remaining elements of Al-Shabaab,” added Njema.
The develoments follows rior reports that the US military’s Africa Command was pressing for the armed drone strikes targeting Qaeda-linked Shabab fighters in parts of eastern Kenya.
Four American officials reportedly said the militia group was potentially expanding the war zone across the border from its sanctuaries in Somalia.
This did not necessarily mean the US will start carrying out drone attacks in Kenya but will give Africa Command permission under certain circumstances to expand the counterterrorism drone war in another country.