Chief of the Defence Forces (CDF) General Charles Kahariri has today visited the Kenya Army as he commenced the CDF familiarisation visits to KDF Services, Formations and Units. The familiarisation visits provide a holistic view of the respective Service and also an opportunity for the CDF to interact with the Officers and Soldiers of the Service across rank and file.

The event was held at Kahawa Garrison, Nairobi County, where the CDF was received by the Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General David Tarus. During the visit, the CDF lay a wreath at the Garrison Monument in honour of the fallen soldiers, and also inspected a Half Guard of Honour mounted by the 7th Battalion the Kenya Rifles (7KR).

In his welcoming remarks, Lt Gen Tarus congratulated the CDF for his promotion and appointment and averred to the mission readiness of the Kenya Army to support KDF mandate.

“I wish to commend you on your recent promotion and appointment as our CDF and reassure you of the Kenya Army’s commitment towards supporting your vision for the KDF”, he said.

In his address, Gen Kahariri, appreciated the invaluable sacrifice and determination by the Kenya Army troops in defending the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of our country against land-based threats as well as for their commitment in implementation of KDF’s Secondary Mandate. In expressing appreciation he said; “You have performed exceptionally in external operations and registered success in multi-agency arrangements to deliver on, internal security,”. He also appreciated the role of the Kenya Army reitarating the values of inter-agency collaboration and called for utmost professionalism and conscientiousness to duty.

Describing climate change as ‘a serious threat to national security,’ the CDF further urged the troops to commit towards leading the national environmental conservation efforts and promised Defence Headquarter’s support in the initiative, including establishment of tree seedling nurseries and participation in tree planting exercises.

“Floods have recently killed over 200 Kenyans within just few weeks illustrating the seriousness of the climate change effects. Let’s all commit towards restoring the desired environmental security necessary for our wellbeing and survival,” he encouraged.

Additionally, the CDF urged the Kenya Army personnel to continue observing the KDF’s core values of professionalism, integrity, civil prerogative, apolitical and loyal to authorities through the chain of command.

In his remarks the CDF underscored the spirit of one force, forging ahead for mission readiness. Inviting all Kenya Army Personnel to be deeply rooted in professionalism to deliver on their respective assignments. He concluded the visit with a guided tour of the Garrison and its constituent Corps and Units.

Accompanying the CDF were the Assistant Chief of the Defence Forces in charge of Personnel and Logistics Major General David Keter, General Officer Commanding Eastern Command Major General Luka Kutto, Chiefs of Branches, Formation Commanders and Staff Officers.

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