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President Uhuru Kenyatta's Speech During the Kenya Air Force Golden Jubilee Celebrations at Moi Air Base, Nairobi

President Uhuru Kenyatta's Speech During the Kenya Air Force Golden Jubilee Celebrations at Moi Air Base, Nairobi

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President Uhuru Kenyatta's Speech During the Kenya Air Force Golden Jubilee Celebrations at Moi Air Base, Nairobi
President Uhuru Kenyatta's Speech During the Kenya Air Force Golden Jubilee Celebrations at Moi Air Base, Nairobi

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SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H.,PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCESOF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA ON KENYA AIR FORCE GOLDEN JUBILEECELEBRATIONS AT MOI AIR BASE, NAIROBI ON 4TH JUNE, 2014
Distinguished Guests,Fellow Kenyans,It is a great pleasure to celebrate with all of you the 50
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 Anniversary – the ubilee Anniversary – of the Kenya Air Force! I a" glad to be here with thedistinguished guests, #ervice $o""anders, retired o%cers and service"e"bers, and a host of other distinguished Kenyans! &our presence isindeed a tribute to the estee" in which we all hold the Kenya Air Force!'adies and Gentle"en, 'et "e begin by congratulating you all, and particularly the $o""ander, theo%cers and the "enand wo"en of the Kenya Air Force! #ince its for"ationon (adara)a Day in *+-, fro" a #.uadron of the /ritish oyal Air Force, theKenyan Air Force has distinguished itself by its dedication to duty,professionalis" and e1cellence! 2n behalf of every Kenyan, let "e e1press"y appreciation for the patriotis" of every Kenyan whose service hassustained the Air Force over its half century of e1istence! 'adies and Gentle"en,Although your pri"ary "andate is to protect the sovereignty of the epublic,the Air Force has served the people of Kenya in ti"es of e"ergencies anddisasters over the last 50 years! 3ver since the *+0s, whenever we havefaced di%culties in covering the vast reaches of our country, the Kenya AirForce has given distinguished service, ensuring that airlifts of relief andessential supplies reach those who "ost need the", and rescuing victi"s of 4oods and other e"ergencies!  his patriotic service is not as widely recogni6ed as it should be, and indeedit is "y pleasure to honor you for it, and to bring it to the attention of a widerpublic! (ost recently, the Air Force e1celled when we had to evacuatethousands of Kenyans fro" #outh #udan7 you .uic)ly and e%ciently airlifted"ore than one thousand Kenyans who were stranded by the violence, andbrought the" safely bac) ho"e! &ou have earned the highest praise! 2f course, you re"ain one of the security services of the Kenya DefenceForces, and your 8rst tas) is to preserve and protect the nation and itsconstitutional order! 2ver the years, the Air Force has secured our airspace,and given invaluable support to its sister services in operations inside and
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outside the country! #o"e of its "e"bers have paid the highest price in thecourse of this duty, and I now pay tribute to the"! &ou have also advanced the cause of peace in the region! I want to single outfor co""endation the part that you – and the KDF as a whole – have playedin operations in #o"alia, where you have helped to bring peace to a troubledneighbour! In all, your record is worthy of our nation9s appreciation!'adies and Gentle"en,3ven the troubleso"e part of your history has been turned out to good! Irefer, of course, to the unfortunate events of *+:;! hat incident pro"pted areorgani6ation of the force, which raised the standards of recruit"ent,patriotis" and professionalis", and left us with an even stronger, "oredisciplined service! he Air Force soared highest after its lowest "o"ent!'adies and Gentle"en, he Kenyan Air Force can loo) bac) on its history with pride! /ut we cannotspend too "uch ti"e celebrating7 as we need to re4ect on our way forward! he history of the service has been one of continuous i"prove"ent7 ta)ingadvantage of the latest "ethods, e.uip"ent and s)ills, to )eep the countrysafe! hat tradition will be "aintained! <e all )now of the "oderni6ation progra" the Kenyan Air Force, and thewider Kenya Defence Forces, have been involved in! (y Govern"entre"ains co""itted to that "oderni6ation7 I freely accepted the duty of protecting the sovereignty and integrity of the republic, and "y Govern"entwill do everything in its power to ful8ll that obligation! 'adies and Gentle"en,#erious tests lie before us! errorists who do not shy fro" doing violence to"others and their children threaten Kenyan lives and property! =oacherssteal, )ill and destroy the inheritance nature has left us! 2ur borders "ustbe )ept safe! <e "ust >oin with our friends and neighbours to )eep peace inour region!  he nation, and its "en and wo"en in unifor", are e.ual to the tas)! ust asyour predecessors "astered great di%culties in the past, so too will you useyour diligence, patriotis" and innovation, to "eet the proble"s that face thecountry! &ou will not 8ght alone7 our friends fro" across the world, as well asour neighbours in the region, will stand by you! 'adies and Gentle"en,
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