The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), General Francis Ogolla has today visited Kahawa Garrison in Nairobi. The familiarisation visit is in line with the CDF schedule to appreciate the mission readiness and contribution of KDF Formations and Units to the defence mandate.
Speaking during the visit, Gen Ogolla thanked and commended all the Units domiciled at the Garrison for their continued dedication and exceptional performance in their respective fields.
He especially noted that the Garrison is and continues to be pivotal in the facilitation and sustainability of the forces both in the peacetimetime and operational roles for all KDF personnel.
“It has been a 40-year journey since I enlisted, today, I stand before you as the CDF and I thank God for the opportunity to spearhead one of the finest military institutions. My connection to Kahawa Garrison began many years ago. I remember that it was in this Garrison that I was first kitted as I went for my training overseas to be a pilot, and to this day your work continues to speak for itself,” he said.
Noting the value of logistical efficiency to mission delivery the CDF urged them put their best foot forward while in their various workstations. Highlighting that, we should continue to be one force united in the pursuit of achieving one mission. This posture ensures we are, better poised to tackle the ever-changing security dynamics.
“Our duty and mission are well described in the constitution; which is to defend our borders from external aggression. For us to continue excelling in this high calling we must work seamlessly together and thus my call to the military to remain consciously cohesive as ‘One Force, One Mission’,” he said.
He further called upon commanders at all levels to be innovative in work related approaches, and to remain efficient and effective in mission attainment. He noted that the overall demand for defence and operational priorities continue to increase constraining limited defence resources. Hence the need to revisit internal processes inorder to improve efficiency, readiness and reliability.
Among the Corps visited was the Kenya Army Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (KACEME) where the CDF flagged off various Combat Supply, Medical and Troop-Carrying Vehicles including Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs), Ambulances, Water Bowsers and Recovery Trucks.
He was also introduced to a number of innovative projects at the Kenya Army Tailoring Unit (KATU).
Present at the occasion were the Kenya Army Commander Lt Gen Peter Njiru, Assistant Chief of Defence Forces Personal and Logistics (ACDF P&L) Major General Keter, Kahawa Garrison Commander Brigadier Matthew Lenamunai, General Officers, Senior Officers, Officers among others.