On Thursday, 28 November 2019, President Uhuru Kenyatta said Kenya’s military training programmes are designed to serve security needs of both the country and the region.
Kenyatta said some of the most challenging crimes that trouble nations are cross-border in nature and perpetrators shift bases whenever they come under heat in one country.
He spoke at the Kenya Military Academy in Lanet, Nakuru County, where he commissioned new cadet officers who have completed a rigorous three-year training program that involves academic as well as character development and field training.
Kenyatta said the training standards at the Kenya Military Academy are recognised in the region and the whole world.
The academy trains cadet officers from several African countries.
The programme is designed to produce junior military leaders not just for the Kenya Defence Forces, but also allied countries.
“The spirit of joint training reflects the true spirit of regional security partnership as enshrined in the East Africa Community Treaty,” he said.
He stated that the regional dimension of the training by the academy is informed by the fact that the threats to security posed by terrorist groups and related international crimes, know no borders.
“Whenever these groups are pursued, they quickly shift their operations either within the boundaries of nations or beyond,” claimed the president.
He said Kenya has always made it a priority to boost regional security and that is one of the reasons it has been involved in stabilising countries affected by conflict.
He said Kenyan troops will continue operating in Somalia until after the threat posed by the forces destabilising the country and the region are neutralised.
“In pursuance of this objective and that of the international community, our troops will continue being part of AMISOM until such a time that this objective has been achieved,” the president stated.
President Kenyatta reiterated that a country’s prosperity depends on how well it balances the crucial factors of peace, security, governance as well as sound economic policies and development programmes.