The Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces and the President of the Republic of Kenya His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta launches the National Defence and Gender Policy at National Defence College (NDC), Karen.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and the President of the Republic of Kenya His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta presided over the launch of the National Defence Policy and Gender Policy documents on 03 May 2017 at the National Defence College (NDC) Karen, Nairobi.
Speaking during the launch, the President said that the KDF has continued to build an efficient institution that everybody has confidence in, thus the need to utilize all the talent available in advancing national security.
The Commander-in-Chief reiterated the desire for Kenya to live in peace with herneighbors through recognition of the African framework that identifies the internal and external security threats. He however expressed his delight in the professional manner in which the KDF has conducted itself while protecting the Kenyan territories with cordial relations with its allies.
The Cabinet Secretary for Defence Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, commended the Chief of the Defence Forces (CDF) for the efforts being made in pushing the boundaries for gender equality in example the promotion of first ever woman Brigadier and other key appointments since the disbanding of Women Service Corps in the year 1999.
The Cabinet Secretary noted the strong relations KDF has continued to nurture with member states and the bilateral Memorandums through the East African Community (EAC) and the East African Standby Forces (EASF), saying that this mutual benefit was articulated in the vision of the gender policy.
The Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe highlighted the important function of KDF which is to provide security to her citizens. He confided that “As Kenya Defence Forces, we are cognizant to Defend our ability”, contents in the Defence Policy have already been accommodated in the structure.
Present during the event were Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretary for Interior & Coordination of National Government Major General (Retired) Joseph Nkaisery, Inspector General of Police Mr. Wilson Boinnet, Defence Principal Secretary Torome Saitoti, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Interior &Coordination of National Government Mr Karanja Kibicho, Principal Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Monica Juma, Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Joseph Kasaon, Commandant National Defence College Lieutenant General Leonard Ngondi,Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi, Kenya Air Force Commander Major General Samuel Thuita, Kenya Navy Commander Major General Levi Mghalu,Deputy Army Commander Major General Walter Raria, Senior Military Officers, Officers, Service Members and invited guests.
H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta in a Q & A session with participants at NDC auditorium.
Commandant National Defence College Lt Gen Leonard Ngondi presents a memento to H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta during the launch.
H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta receives his portrait from Lt Gen Leonard Ngondi during the launch.
Chief of the Defence Forces makes his remarks during the launch of the National Defence Policy and Gender Policy documents at NDC, Karen.
Defence Cabinet Secretary Amb. Raychelle Omamo delivers her speech during the launch.
H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta delivers his speech during the launch at National Defence College in Karen, Nairobi.
H.E. Hon Uhuru Kenyatta hands over a signed copy of the National Defence Policy and Gender Policy documents to Defence CS Amb Raychelle Omamo at NDC, Karen.
CDF Gen Samson Mwathethe receives a signed copies of the National Defence Policy and Gender Policy documents from H.E. Hon Uhuru Kenyatta.
H.E. Hon Uhuru Kenyatta, Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces in a photo with Senior Military Officers,guests and participants at NDC, Karen after the launch.