The new Kenya Navy Commander, Maj-Gen Levi Franklin Mghalu was sworn in Wednesday in brief ceremony witnessed by President Uhuru Kenyatta at Statehouse Nairobi.
The swearing in ceremony was conducted by the Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua.
Congratulating the new Navy Commander, President Kenyatta appreciated the sacrifice that the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) have been making for the country.
He observed that the Kenya military is engaged in a wide range of security operations in Somalia not only to stabilize the Horn of Africa neighbour but also to safeguard the security of Kenyans.
“The challenge is not only to our brothers and sisters in Somalia. We know that the threat of those few elements who are intent on causing disruption and chaos in Somalia are also hell-bent on passing the problem into our own border,” President Kenyatta said.
The President assured KDF of the Government’s consistence and increasing support in their effort to protect Kenyans.
“You stand in the frontline in defending our country and we equally have a responsibility to ensure we do everything in our power to enable, to facilitate and secure the welfare of those who put their lives in harm’s way for the defence of all of us,” the President said.
Present were Cabinet Secretaries Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) and Raychelle Omamo (Defence) and Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Samson Mwathethe among other KDF senior officers.