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KDF urged to safeguard security via modern technology

16 October 2014, 07:59

Nakuru - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday called on the military to embrace modern technology to help fight emerging security challenges and thus stabilize the country from external aggression.

Kenyatta told the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) that the new security challenges such as terrorism, religious extremism and intolerance demand innovative approaches and skills to be overcome.

"The first is to advance the knowledge and skills of our officers, so that as leaders they can understand and respond to the challenges of a world awash with terrorism, religious extremism and intolerance," he said when he presided over the commissioning of officer cadets at the Kenya Military Academy in Nakuru County.

The officers form the second group of cadets under the Bachelor of Science in Military Studies degree programme that commenced in October 2011.

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Kenya is currently engaged in the fight against the militia group in southern Somalia where its soldiers under, the Africa Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM) has been registering impressive gains and extending humanitarian assistance to the local population.

The East African nation also faces insecurity, as bomb attacks using improvised explosive devices and grenades have become more frequent in Nairobi, the coastal city of Mombasa and northern eastern region since KDF entered Somalia in 2011 to secure the shared border with the country.

Officials have expressed fears that increased attacks could further affect the number of tourism visitors as some Western countries have issued travel warnings for their citizens visiting Kenya, which has led reduction in the number of tourists visiting the country.

He lauded Kenyan military personnel for their effective role in United Nations peacekeeping missions across the world, saying that was enough proof of the respect the country's uniformed forces earned from the United Nations and the Security Council.

"Confidence shown in our troops by our people, as well as our friends and neighbours shows the high standard of our military training and professionalism we have attained," he said.

Kenyatta also reminded the soldiers of their responsibility to defend the country's national sovereignty and territorial integrity with high levels of professionalism and ethics.

The president added that the military studies degree programme offered at the academy is aimed at equipping officer cadets with the knowledge and skills that will strengthen their effectiveness as commanders and leaders of the KDF.

 - Xinhua

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