Matuga Locals Benefit as Exercise Swift Eagle Ends in Kwale County

The Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo hands over assorted equipment at Matuga Dispensary

The Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo hands over assorted equipment to Matuga Dispensary.

Residents of Matuga, Kwale County on Saturday 28th September 2019 benefitted from a donation of assorted medical equipment including a delivery bed from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF).

The Defence Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ambassador Raychelle Omamo handed over the equipment as she toured the facility during a medical camp organized by the KDF.

The facility also underwent renovation to upgrade its status so as to provide a conducive environment for patients from the community.

Later, Ambassador Omamo officially closed Exercise-Swift Eagle 2019, a two-week joint and multiagency training involving troops from Jordan Armed Forces, the Kenya Defence forces and Kenya Coast Guard that has been taking place in Matuga, Kwale.

In her speech, the Defence CS thanked the KDF for connecting with the people of Matuga saying such projects go a long way in enabling Kenyans understand that we are associated with them.

“A military that is separated from the community does not go far. I am happy that you assisted the community of this area and urge you to make it a routine so as to positively impact the community.” Ambassador Omamo said.

On the part of training, the Defence CS said this exercise is as a result of very deep and reliable friendship between Kenya and the Kingdom of Jordan.

She said that this is the third exercise of its kind that has enabled training on different terrains to enable troops from both countries to develop competencies through tests.

“It touches me that we have come here to further the course of peace not only in Kenya but also in the world. Every person has learnt something that you can share with your colleagues.” She said.

She thanked the Kingdom of Jordan for the continued support of equipment and training to KDF saying this is a friendship she would like to see natured for the future generation.

Chief of the Defence Forces (CDF) General Samson Mwathethe who accompanied the Defence CS said that threats of terrorism is common in Kenya and Jordan hence the importance to train together and gain experience from each other.

“We are cognizant of the fact that contemporary threat emanating from terrorism are not only mutating but are also increasingly transnational. In the circumstances, bilateral, multilateral and multi-agency efforts are the preferred vehicles in the provision of comprehensive security.” Said the CDF.

He added that this periodic training provides confidence, unity of purpose and interoperability between the two countries and took pride that Kenya and Jordan has had three such training.

On his part Brigadier General Mohamed Bani Yasin of the Jordanian Armed Forces said that Jordan, like Kenya, has suffered from waves of refugees, extremist and terrorist groups and urgent unity is required to address this serious scourge.

“We are aware of the vital role that Kenya continues to play for peace and stability in the horn of Africa and Africa at large and assure you of continued cooperation between our two countries, our allied armed forces and bilateral frameworks.” Said Brigadier Yasin.

Present during the closing ceremony were the Defence Permanent Secretary Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed, KDF Service Commanders, Senior Military Officers, Officers and Service Members from both Kenya and Jordan.

The new image of Matuga Dispensary after renovation by the Kenya Defence Forces.The new face of Matuga Dispensary after renovation by the Kenya Defence Forces.
Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo interacts with a patient during a medical camp to Matuga Dispensary.Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo interacts with a patient during a medical camp to Matuga Dispensary.
Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo and Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe visit one of the tents at Matuga Dispensary where Kenya Defence Forces was conducting a free medical camp.Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo and Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe visit one of the tents at Matuga Dispensary where Kenya Defence Forces was conducting a free medical camp.
The Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo making her remarks during the official closing ceremony of the Exercise Swift EagleThe Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo making her remarks during the official closing ceremony of the Exercise Swift Eagle
Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe making his remarks during the official closing ceremony of the Exercise Swift EagleChief of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe making his remarks during the official closing ceremony of the Exercise Swift Eagle
Brigadier General Mohamed Bani Yasin of the Jordanian Armed Forces making his remarks during the official closing ceremony of the Exercise Swift EagleBrigadier General Mohamed Bani Yasin of the Jordanian Armed Forces making his remarks during the official closing ceremony of the Exercise Swift Eagle
Special Forces troops from Kenya Defence Forces and the Jordan Armed Forces fast roping from a helicopter carry out a search on the ship during Exercise Swift EagleSpecial Forces troops from Kenya Defence Forces and the Jordan Armed Forces fast roping from a helicopter carry out a search on the ship during Exercise Swift Eagle
Jordanian Armed Forces and Kenya Defence Forces troops during the joint training exerciseJordanian Armed Forces and Kenya Defence Forces troops during the joint training exercise
9.Jordanian Armed Forces and Kenya Defence Forces troops conducting a search on a ship during the joint training exercise9. Jordanian Armed Forces and Kenya Defence Forces troops conducting a search on a ship during the joint training exercise