His Excellency Dr. William Ruto, the Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces and the President of the Republic of Kenya has today presented both the Presidential and Regimental Colours to 25 Mechanized Infantry Battalion (MIB) during this year’s Jamhuri Day celebrations held at Uhuru Gardens National Monument and Museum (UGNM&M) as the country celebrated 60 years of independence.
The event was graced by the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia H.E Sahle-Work Zewde, President of Zanzibar H.E Hussein Mwinyi, the Vice President of the Republic of Burundi H.E Prosper Bazombanza and the Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda H.E Rebecca Kadaga.
Prior to the presentation, His Excellency, escorted by the Chief of Defence Forces, General Francis Ogolla, inspected a guard of honour mounted by the three KDF services.
The clergy, led the consecration of the two Colours and thereafter the President presented the Colours to the Colour Officers in the presence of the CDF, the Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Peter Njiru, the Commander Kenya Air Force Maj Gen John Omenda and the Commander Kenya Navy Maj Gen Jimson Mutai.
In his address, the President commended security agencies for enhancing peace in the country and degrading actions of terrorism and other security threats.
“Our national security apparatus have remained a strong shield against terrorism, crime and insecurity. The security sector continues to invest in it’s overall capacity to keep our boundaries secure and impenetrable,” said the President.
He maintained that all security apparatus remain vigilant to ensure the lives and properties of all Kenyans are safe and secure from any security threat.
During the celebration, Kenya Air Force performed a fly past to showcase their different aircrafts with their unique capabilities and the capacities in their endevour to discharge their mandate of defending and protecting Kenya’s air space against external aggression.
Present during the event were Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court Lady Justice Martha Koome, Cabinet Secretary Defence Hon. Aden Duale and other invited guests.