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Kenyatta vows to modernize military, security equipment

15 October 2013, 08:08

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday said his government will modernize the military and other security equipment to foil attacks.

"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 at the second annual Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) day in Nanyuki town in northwest Kenya.

Kenyatta's remarks come as an unknown number of heavily armed terrorists attacked Westgate shopping mall Sept. 21.

National security services were only able to end the attack and restore order four days later.

Al Shabaab have claimed responsibility for the deadly attack saying that it was in response to Nairobi's October 2011 military intervention against Al Shabaab in Somalia.

"We will do everything we must to make Kenya peaceful, and we will take peace and security to our neighbors if our peace and security is threatened," President Kenyatta added.

He commended the KDF 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," Kenyatta said.

- Xinhua


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