Commander Kenya Army, Lieutenant General Peter Njiru has today hosted members of the Departmental Committee on Defence, Intelligence and Foreign Relations of the National Assembly who were on a working tour to the Army Headquarters to familiarize themselves with the roles and mandate of the Kenya Army.
Lt Gen Njiru reaffirmed the commitment of the Kenya Army in protecting the Republic of Kenya against land-based threats as well as collaborating with other civil authorities in times of disasters and emergencies whenever called upon.
The team led by their Chair Hon. Nelson Koech (Belgut Member of Parliament) were briefed on the various units and formations of the Army as well as the places where the troops have been deployed within and beyond the Republic in peace support operations.
They were also briefed on the internal deployment in the North Rift under Operations Maliza Uhalifu (OMU) to curb banditry, aid in disarmament of armed criminal gangs and the milestones towards creating an environment for socio-economic development in the six counties.
Notably, the Kenya Army Corps of Engineers is in the region to construct new schools and rehabilitate the dilapidated ones to enable the learners attend school.
On external deployments the Army is actively involved in peace support operations in Somalia under the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) as one of the major Troops Contributing Countries (TCC).
The Army also has presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) under the East African Community Regional Force (EACRF) and the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO).
Further the troops continue to undertake Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) as well as the Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA) activities across the country to keep on winning the hearts and minds of the locals through distribution of relief food, medical services, water, drilling boreholes among others.
The lawmakers are set to tour other KDF services in the coming days.