President Uhuru Kenyatta has deployed the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) to beef up security in parts of Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Pokot and Laikipia counties.
The President announced that the National Security Council – which he chairs – has authorized the immediate deployment of KDF to support the National Police in restoration of law and order in the disturbed areas.
“The deployment will further assist in disarmament and surrender of illegally held arms,” President Kenyatta said.
The President spoke at the Administration Police Training College, Embakasi, where he presided over the pass out parade of 3985 officers after completing their nine-month training.
President Kenyatta said those who have defied orders to surrender illegal firearms are enemies of the State and will be dealt with accordingly.
He said the continued deterioration of the security situation in the affected areas has necessitated the involvement the military.
“Today we held a session as the National Security Council and agreed to authorize the Kenya Defence Forces to immediately get in and lend support to the National Police in terms of manpower and equipment so as to restore security and deal with those who continue to threaten the lives of Kenyans,” said the President.
As a responsible Government, President Kenyatta affirmed his Administration’s commitment to guaranteeing the safety of citizens as well as the protection of their property as enshrined in the Constitution.