Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on Friday lauded Kenya Defense Forces for its contribution to the peacekeeping mission internationally particularly in pacifying Somalia.
Speaking during the pass-out paraded in Eldoret, Kibaki commended the soldiers whose cross border incursion into southern Somalia helped in stabilizing the Horn of Africa nation, for utilizing their skills to spearhead development projects all over the country.
The president also paid tribute to the members of the KDF for the successful planning and execution of Operation Linda Nchi and their current involvement in the AMISOM operation under the African Union.
“This is a tremendous task that your fellow countrymen have bestowed upon each one of you. It is our hope that you will carry that responsibility with the honor it deserves throughout your career,” Kibaki said.
Kenyan forces that crossed into Somalia mid October 2011 have intensified military crackdown inside southern Somalia to push back Al-Shabaab, blamed by Kenya for a series of cross-border kidnappings.
The militant group has also come under pressure from AU peacekeepers, who recently pushed them out of the outskirts of Somali capital Mogadishu, and from Ethiopia, which seized Baidoa town recently.
AMISOM which crossed into the Horn of the African nation in 2007 and which has a long comprised of Ugandan and Burundi troops recently registered a string of successes against Al-Shabaab militia who had seized much of the central and southern Somalia.
President Kibaki said the country takes pride in the high professional standards that have been the hallmark of the Defense Forces since the military personnel were deployed in United Nations’ Peacekeeping Missions in various continents including Africa, Europe and Asia.
He said the government particularly recognized the immense contribution that the KDF continued to make to the communities and the country as a whole.
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