The 8th Brigade Commander, Brigadier David Chesire, accompanied by Artillery Brigade Commander, Brigadier M. Mwenga, and Operation Amani Boni (OAB) Commander Colonel Joel Tanui, visited the troops deployed under OAB in Witu, Mkunumbi, and the General Service Unit (GSU) in Pandanguo, Lamu County. The visit was to engage troops operating in the Boni forest and reinforce the role of multi-agency security set-up in securing the region.
Brigadier Chesire’s visit to the various Forward Operation Bases (FOBs) provided an opportunity to directly connect with the OAB troops involved in bringing stability to the region. In an address to the troops, he emphasized the importance of their dedication to protecting the sovereignty of the nation, “Our unity, resilience, and unwavering dedication will not go in vain. Let us soldier on, remain steadfast in our commitment to protect the innocent, preserve peace, and uphold the values that define us.”
He highlighted the significance of fostering community bonds through Civil-military Co-operation and Key Leadership Engagement, as these elements contribute to the overall success of operations.
Brigadier Mwenga echoed the sentiments of the 8th Brigade Commander and commended the multi-agency approach employed to combat insecurity in the region. He expressed appreciation for the troops emphasizing the importance of professionalism in fostering a positive and collaborative working environment. “You’ve shown an immense sense of comradeship. Let us uphold the principles of professionalism as we all bring different capacities and expertise on board,” said Brigadier Mwenga.
The visit by the commanders served to inspire and motivate the troops while acknowledging their pivotal role in ensuring the safety and security of the region.