Defence Cabinet Secretary Hon. Aden Duale today 02 March 2023 appeared before the Departmental Committee on Defence, Intelligence and Foreign Relations to elaborate more on KDF’s deployment in the joint operation with the National Police Service to counter banditry in the six counties declared as disturbed and troubled.
During the meeting, the CS maintained that invoking Article 241 (3) (b) to deploy KDF troops to was meant to assist the National Police Service (NPS) and under the instructions of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces following the recommendations of the National Security Council.
He further clarified before the House that the section doesn’t require parliamentary approval unlike Article 241 (3) (c) which stipulates that the KDF may be deployed to restore peace in any part of the nation affected by unrest and instability which requires the approval.
Hon. Duale maintained that he followed due process by gazetting the deployment of soldiers on 13 February 2023 and wrote to the Speaker of the National Assembly on the same day as required by the Constitution and the KDF Act 2012.
In his closing remarks, the CS said that plans are at an advanced level to have military camps in Turkana and Samburu Counties to offer swift support to other security agencies and defend the nation against any threat on land, air, sea, and cyberspace.
The CS was accompanied by Defence Principal Secretary Mr. Patrick Mariru, Vice Chief of Defence Forces (VCDF) Lieutenant General Francis Ogolla and other senior government officials during the session.