LAIKIPIA, Kenya, Oct 14 – Security and stability are critical components in achievement of the country’s development blueprint, Vision 2030, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
President Kenyatta reminded Kenyans of their collective responsibility in maintenance of security to secure the country for peaceful and harmonious co-existence.
“Let me make it clear that security is a shared responsibility of all Kenyans. Everyone has a role to play. We must and will do everything to ensure our security is maintained and our country is safe for all of us who live in it,” the President said.
He was speaking during the 2nd annual Kenya Defence Forces day at Laikipia Airbase in Nanyuki town. The day is an annual military event marked to celebrate the contribution and sacrifices of the armed forces in defence of the country.
President Kenyatta said his Government will not tolerate disgruntled elements who may seek to divide Kenyans on the basis of ethnicity, religion, gender or fear.
The President stressed the need to recognise that no single community is inherently evil and avoid the injustice condemning the entire groups for the acts of misguided individuals.
“At no time should we ever confuse fighting evil with the persecution of groups. That is not who we are. And that is why I am encouraged by our people’s solidarity even in the face of blatant and brutal attempts to divide us,” he added.
President Kenyatta assured that the Government will continue modernising the military and other security equipment, to supersede the weapons used by the enemies.
The President called on officers in the disciplined forces “to be a formidable module of skills and values to defeat their enemy.” He added that defence of the society requires the most dedicated professionals, nimble of mind, noble of heart and invincible in spirit.
“As a nation, we must have the assurance that our machine is efficient and superior to our enemies, whoever they be. You see, we are always greater than the sum of our parts,” he said.
The President commended the Kenya Defence Forces for the professional manner in which they have handled both local and international assignments despite the risks involved.
“As a nation, we must embrace integrity and fight corruption with the resolve required to combat terrorists,” he said.
He called on Kenyans to emulate the discipline and professionalism of the Defence Forces and wage total war on mediocrity and its practitioners.
The President said the Government will take appropriate action to neutralise all security threats and make Kenya and the neighbourhood peaceful.
“I am confident that however subtly the enemy hides himself, however thoroughly he mutates, we will get him. You are the assurance we need to confidently say this,” the President said.
“We will do everything we must to make Kenya peaceful, and we will take peace and security to our neighbours if our peace and security is threatened,” President Kenyatta added.
The President noted that some people were bent on punishing Kenyans for embracing peace and goodness while renouncing evil but are bound to fail.
“But we know without the tiniest shadow of doubt that there are in this world those who want to punish us for embracing goodness and renouncing evil. Their stated intention is to destroy us and our values,” he added.
(Story by Mwambai James)