Kenyan Defence Secretary visits KDF in Somalia
Kenyan troops serving under AMISOM, whose aim is to bring peace to Somalia, were surprised on the Christmas eve by a visit by their boss, General Samson Mwathethe and Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo.
The pair boosted the morale of soldiers at KDF Camp in Kismayo by sacrificing Christmas with their families to spend time with the brave troops.
Noting that she wanted to visit the soldiers earlier but other issues cropped up, Omamo said her visit to Kismayu was a way of showing gratitude to the soldiers for the great work they have done over the years.
“But thank God I am here for thanksgiving, asanteni asenteni sana (thank, thank very much) for your courage and strenuous sacrifice. We appreciate and value you greatly, you are exceptional. It is not easy to be in the KDF, to face the force that you have been facing. To fight for freedom and justice far away from home,” she said to the troops as quoted by media.
On the other hand, General Mwathethe advised the soldiers to remain apolitical ahead of the forthcoming polls scheduled for August 2017.
“Elections in Kenya is an event, Kenya will remain solid after the polls. As KDF, we should remain in the barracks. I know the challenges we will face in 2017, but let us do our mandate,” the General said.
He also went on to tell the soldiers that those who will be near the polling centres will be allowed to cast their vote.
Mwathethe also gave his word to the gallant troops that they were not forgotten as they served in the foreign land.