I am not militarising anything. I am using reliable Kenyan citizens to fulfil my agenda for this republic, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
Speaking when he flagged off 83 vehicles refurbished bey the Nairobi Metropolitan Services, the President dismissed claims that deploying KDF in service delivery was militarising the country.
“I have no such intention (militarising the nation). But it is only a fool who would not use those who can perform to help him achieve his intended goals,” Uhuru said on Tuesday.
He cited various infrastructure projects, including rehabilitation of railway lines, the port of Kisumu and restoration of ships, as some of KDF’s recent achievements.
He thus urged Kenyans working in different sectors of the economy to emulate the efficiency exhibited by KDF, saying that would ensure effective and timely delivery of services.
“If all of us in Kenya operated and behaved; and loved and served their country in the manner in which our Kenya Defence Forces does, Kenya would today be a great country. And we all have a big lesson to learn,” President Kenyatta said.
The President has in the recent past appointed soldiers to key institutions, key among them being the NMS, which is headed by Major General Mohamed Badi.
Critics have accused him of militarising civilian positions in government, accusing him of consolidating power.
For instance, Elgeyo Marakwet Kipchumba Murkomen said the move to second active military men to NMS is militarising a civilian government, saying it goes against the spirit of the Constitution.
He said Nairobi county has now been militarised and is no longer a government run by civilians as was envisaged in the 2010 Constitution.
“The militarisation of a civilian county government is the worst form of violation and overturn of our Constitution. Nairobi County has been militarised. It is no longer a civilian government,” Senator Murkomen said.