Defence Cabinet Secretary Hon. Aden Duale has today held a consultative meeting with the officials from the Commission for Administrative Justice (CAJ) commonly known as the Office of the Ombudsman led by their Chairperson Hon. Florence Kajuju who paid him a courtesy visit at the Defence Headquarters, Nairobi.
The CS affirmed that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) acknowledges and appreciates the place of the independent Commission founded under Article 59(4) of the Kenyan Constitution and their mandate of tackling maladministration in the public service.
He informed the team that MoD has opened it’s gates for complaints both internally and externally under the existing chain of command anchored in the Kenya Defence Forces Act of 2012.
He maintained that, as an accountable institution, MoD remains open to have a CAJ liaison officer within the Ministry to enable access to information. He added that the two institutions should undertake joint trainings as well as joint legislation review.
Hon. Duale urged the Chairperson and her team to attend sessions of the court martial to appreciate the fairness with which KDF administers cases presented against serving military personnel.
Also present during the meeting were the Chief of Strategic Policy and Plans Brigadier Edward Rugendo and Colonel John Ngatia from the Department of Legal Services at the Defence Headquarters.