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Kenya: President Kenyatta denies militarizing the country

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has dismissed assertions that he is militarizing the country through deployment of the Kenya Defense Forces in civilian agencies saying KDF’s involvement in service delivery was informed by their professionalism and commitment in serving the country.

The President spoke on Tuesday at the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) garage in industrial area when he flagged off 83 vehicles that were rehabilitated by the state agency.

“I am not militarizing anything. I am using reliable Kenyan citizens to fulfill my agenda for this Republic. And the KDF are part of us and are also part of our citizens,” the President said.

“I have no such intention (militarizing the nation). But it is only a fool who would not use those who can perform to help him achieve his intended goals,” he said.

Kenyatta also urged Kenyans working in different sectors of the economy to emulate the proficiency exhibited by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), saying that would ensure effective and timely delivery of services.

“If all of us in Kenya operated and behaved; and loved and served their country in the manner in which our Kenya Defence Forces does, Kenya would today be a great country. And we all have a big lesson to learn,” President Kenyatta said.

The improved vehicles include 21 tipper trucks, 24 fire engines, six ambulances, three hydraulic street lighting platforms, two scrub street sweepers and two graders among other equipment that had been lying dormant for eight years at the facility as scrap metal – all improved at a cost of sh 22 million in two months following the handover of the running of the garage to NMS by the Nairobi City County.

President Kenyatta expressed optimism that the remaining 80 grounded vehicles at the garage will be repaired in the next two months and be ready to serve Nairobi residents while Chief of Defence Forces Gen Robert Kibochi and NMS Director General Major General Mohammed Badi assured the President of KDF’s commitment to continue serving the nation.

Liberty Pazvakawambwa SADC News

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