KDF soldiers will pull out of Somalia after terror group Al Shabaab is defeated and stability restored, president Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
The head of state said the country should remain resilient in the fight against terrorism during the 7th annual KDF day at Kenyatta barracks in Gilgil, Nakuru County, a day meant to commemorate soldiers who died while on official duty.
“We went to Somalia in 2011. We shall continue our presence in the country until the restoration of full security in Somalia,” he said during the 7th annual KDF Day at Kenyatta Barracks in Gilgil, Nakuru County.
Mr Kenyatta further urged the military to continue cooperating with other security agencies in times of disasters and emergencies.
During the ceremony, the widows were presented with mementos and certificates of appreciation.
As a way of promoting food production, Mr Kenyatta opened a Sh3.8 billion agro-processing factory within the barracks under the Kenya Ordnance Factories Corporation.
Farmers in Nakuru, Nyandarua, Narok, Elgeyo Marakwet and Nyeri counties who plant cabbages, carrots, kales and potatoes will benefit.
“I am happy to note that the KDF is actively supporting the Big 4 vision. This initiative by KDF addresses the pillars on food security and manufacturing,” he said.
Those in attendance were Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Defence), Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs), Chief of Defence Forces Samson Mwathethe, governors Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru) and Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua).