Any country’s readiness in war, readiness to defend and protect its people and the country’s ability to safeguard its territory will be recognized through the country’s armed forces.
The forces’ ability to fight against external aggression and threats to the security of the country’s nationals should be strong enough to combat the enemy on land, air space and from its water bodies.
The armed forces of the Republic of Kenya comprise of three arms; the Kenya Army, Kenya Navy and Kenya Air Force. It is constitutionally recognized under Article 241 of the 2010 Constitution of Kenya.
H.E Hon Uhuru Kenyatta currently serving as the president of Kenya is also the commander-in-chief of all the armed forces and has the mandate to assign all the three arms of the forces their duties, where they will be stationed and how they shall use their weapons in defending the country.
As vital as his role may sound, Kenya’s President has done a commendable job on the forces, which has equally reflected on the Kenya Defence Forces ranking; among the top ten most capable and powerful military troop present in Africa.
The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) arm is currently protecting the nation from Somalia, a country whose stability will positively affect Kenya’s economy and stability in its inter-relations.
Kenya’s armed forces has been participating in the peace keeping mission in Somalia and is currently making commendable strides under the President’s guidance, command and watch.
Kenya’s armed forces has also been commended for a good job following the country’s Post Election Violence; an aftermath of the December 2007 elections. The troop’s readiness, response, performance and ability to return calmness in the nation was another milestone for the forces.
Despite several allegations of lapse in Kenya’s forces, the troop’s commitment in securing the country’s best interest has been equally recognized in East and Central Africa, considering that Kenya’s military troops are close to fully achieving a successful Somali operation.