President Uhuru Kenyatta paid a visit to the multi-agency team of Kenyan security officers undertaking joint operational training in Boni Forest.
The Field Training Exercise (FTX) is part of the government’s approach to leverage on interoperability of the security assets.
Nevertheless, the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) is coordinating the FTX training.
The training brings together troops from different security formations in the country.
The formations include the Kenya Police Service (NPS), National Youth Service (NYS), Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), and Kenya Forest Service (KFS).
And Kenya Coast Guard (KCG) with a view of attaining high levels of operational efficiency.
At the camp, the President in the company of the Defence CS Dr. Monica Juma witnessed drills by officers who have been training for three weeks.
Further, they went on a guided tour by Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen Robert Kibochi.
President Kenyatta said he was pleased by the training.
To add to that, he noted that the multi-agency approach would help enhance the effectiveness of the country’s security apparatus.
I am happy that this multi-agency training has taken place. This is a very important message. As the Forces get to know each other and to collaborate in the training.the President said.
Additionally, he said the government will continue to guard its borders while cautioning unnamed external forces against disrespecting the country’s territorial integrity.
Just as we have respected boundaries of other countries, we expect that our borders and land are equally respected.he said.
Further, President Uhuru congratulated the troops for taking up the training and thanked them for the various social projects aimed at uplifting the wellbeing of host communities.
Restoring hospitals, drilling boreholes, renovating schools, and offering medical interventions. These gestures go a long way in changing the mindset and perception of the security agencies among wananchi.he added.
He assured the officers of the government’s support by taking care of their welfare and urged the multi-agency team led by KDF to keep improving the training to make it more effective.
On his part, the Chief of Defence Forces Gen Kibochi lauded the government’s support given to the security teams.
You being here at the end of the training signifies that.said Kibochi
The CDF said the training had gone a long way in enhancing operational capacity within the country’s security agencies.
Furthermore, he assures the President of the adequate training of the officers citing that they are equipped to effectively protect Kenya’s territorial integrity.
The training began last year
As part of his day-long tour, President Kenyatta also visited the multi-agency troops deployed at Ijara in Garissa County.