President Uhuru Kenyatta, speaking at the Kenya ni Mimi launch in Bomas of Kenya on Monday, December 7, expounded more on his decision to deploy military personnel to key civil service positions.
The president lauded the military for their core values of efficiency, discipline, and integrity in the fulfilment of their national duties.
Citing their core mandate as defending the sovereignty of the republic, the president noted that the military could extend their mandate to improve the socio-economic conditions of the republic.
In his second term, President Kenyatta has been positioning members of Kenya’s defence forces in strategic projects of his administration.
Some of them include Former Chief of General staff Julius Karangi to the NSSF board, immediate former Chief of General staff Samson Mwathethe to the Kengen Board and General Mohammed Badi to the Nairobi Metropolitan Service.
The president cited three key projects overseen by the military.
The premier project is the Kisumu port renovation. President Kenyatta decried the poor advice given to him by the port officials.
He castigated the said officials for pushing for the sale of a marine vessel as scrap metal. The officials quoted exorbitant fees for the repair of the port.
The military rehabilitated the vessel for a fraction of the quoted cost, and today the cargo vessel has delivered more than 3.5 Million liters of fuel to Uganda.
In conjunction with NYS servicemen the port was rehabilitated and is now fully functional.
The president also commented on the transformational work of General Badi and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services. The body is on track to tarmac 400 kilometers of road in the CBD.
Concurrently, NMS has dug 100 boreholes in the city, mainly in the poor income residencies of the cities.
The commander-in-chief spoke on the ongoing rehabilitation of the meter-gauge railway to Kisumu. The project is spearheaded by the military and the National Youth Service.
The president called on all Kenyans to exercise discipline and Integrity in the execution of their duties for a more prosperous Kenya.