Kenyans urged to unite to defeat terrorists
09 October 2015, 20:46
Nakuru - Kenyan President Uhuru
Kenyatta on Thursday called on citizens to unite to help defeat terrorists who
have killed innocent people and maimed thousands others.
Kenyatta said plans of the terrorists can be defeated by
strengthening national unity among Kenyans and lauded the country's military
for mounting onslaught on the militants.
"The prosperity of a nation depends on how the crucial
factors of peace, security, governance and sound economic development policies
are brought to act on each other for the advancement of the society," he
said during the commissioning parade of Officer Cadets' in Nakuru County.
The cadets said the cadets commissioned on Thursday from
Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi thus strengthening the brotherhood of the
East African nations.
The East African nation has been a soft target for terrorist
activities since 1998 and the menace has evolved as radical groups from the
Horn of Africa infiltrate the country to kill and maim innocent civilians.
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Security analysts say what has changed and is noticeable for
is the increase in vigilance by the general public and the fact that if they
see something that they consider to be suspicious, they are more likely to
report it to the police than they were.
The police, on their side, he said, are becoming more
professional in their assessment of potential incidents, the experts said.
Kenyatta praised the Kenyan Defense and security forces for
their role in protecting the country against armed but cowardly criminals to
destabilize the country
He said Defense and security forces work long and hard to
keep Kenya safe, especially in deterring terrorist attacks and the vice of
The Kenyan leader however pointed out that military might
alone is not enough to defeat terrorists and called on all patriotic Kenyans to
forge a united front against the attackers.
He urged the commissioned officers to abide by the tenets of
the Officer's Creed and maintain a clear sense of direction that will enable
them to lead by example and be a source of inspiration to fellow officers.
Kenyatta pointed out that the training of cadets will enable
them to appreciate the role of "a professional defense force in achieving
He reaffirmed government commitment to modern training of
security forces that is relevant to the ever evolving security environment.
The President told the new cadets to serve the nation with
dedication and transmit to those who come after them the true character of the
Kenya Defense Forces Officer.
"And you can be sure of my government's support if you
maintain the high standards of your predecessors," Kenyatta said.