The Principal Secretary for Defence Mr. Patrick Mariru today made his maiden tour to the various Units domiciled at Kahawa Garrison in a bid to familiarize himself with the operations and contribution of the Garrison to the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF).
The PS was in the company of Deputy Commander Kenya Army Major General David Tarus and was received by the Garrison Commander Brigadier Matthew Lenamunai.
While at the Garrison, the PS received a comprehensive brief on the history of the Garrison and its existing units that include; the Kenya Army Corps of Transport, Kenya Ordnance Corps, Kenya Army Corps of Signals and the Kenya Army Medical Corps.
In his address, the Defence PS acknowledged the good work done by Kahawa Garrison in supporting KDF operations. He therefore committed to supporting its undertakings by advocating for the timely and adequate provision of resources to sustain its operations.
The PS was also taken through the Defence-controlled units domiciled at the Garrison, including the Level 4 Nairobi Regional Hospital (NRH) that complements the Kenya Defence Forces Memorial Hospital, the Defence Forces Constabulary and Kahawa Garrison Secondary School.
While at the School, the PS took the opportunity to encourage the candidates to study hard in order to excel in their forthcoming national examinations.
“What you get in your KCSE exam will determine the course you will take in the university or college. It is at secondary school that your future career can be determined,” said Mr. Mariru.
The PS sentiments were echoed by Deputy Commander Kenya Army Major General Tarus, who stated that secondary education can determine one’s future. He emphasized that the grades one gets are a key determinant of many things and stated that even in KDF recruitment, what one scores in form four national exams is a key thing that is examined.
The PS concluded his tour by meeting the Ministry of Defence civilian staff deployed at the Garrison and extended his appreciation and congratulations to the staff, for the good work they do that compliments the KDF operations. He encouraged them to perform their duties efficiently and effectively.
“Whatever you do, no matter how simple it may seem, it goes a long way in supporting the soldier to deliver on their mandate of defending and protecting this Nation against external aggression,” said the PS.
Mr. Mariru was accompanied by a section of heads of department and senior military officers from the Defence Headquarters.