Duale officially takes over as the Defence Cabinet Secretary

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The new Cabinet Secretary for Defence, Aden Bare Duale, on Monday, October 31, 2022, took over the leadership at the Ministry from his predecessor Eugene Wamalwa at the Defence Headquarters in Nairobi.

The CS, who becomes the 11th Cabinet Secretary to represent the Defence Ministry since independence, was sworn-in last week by President William Ruto after successful vetting and approval by the National Assembly.

In his remarks as the new CS, he thanked his predecessor, the KDF, civilian leadership, and personnel at the Ministry for their warm welcome and hospitality.

He committed to diligently executing his duties and responsibilities in his new office. He promised to consult to get wise counsel from top KDF leadership to steer the docket to even greater heights.

Duale affirmed his commitment to enhancing the KDF modernization journey for mission readiness saying the global threats have changed over time, thus requiring technological advancement.

"I will participate with the leadership of KDF in the full implementation of our National Security Policy 2021/2030 in order to maintain our status as an anchor nation in this region. I will work hard to ensure KDF sustains the high levels of professionalism, loyalty, trust, integrity, discipline, and respect that will help us project a positive image of the Force at all times," said the incoming CS.

He thanked the KDF for the noble work they are doing in the drought-stricken counties where they supply relief food and water using water boozers and sinking boreholes.

"I want to assure you that I shall support the KDF to attain their mandate in accordance with the constitution to defend and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country, assist and cooperate with other authorities in times of emergency and disaster, and at the same time deploy troops in any part of the country affected by unrest or instability," said the CS.

He maintained that he shall pay special attention towards ensuring the welfare and morale of KDF personnel in terms of housing, health, and service, as well as budgetary allocation and approval.

He thanked the outgoing CS for serving in the Ministry with dedication during his one-year stint at the Ministry, having taken over from Amb. Dr. Monicah Juma in October 2021.

In his address, the outgoing CS thanked the KDF and Ministry of Defence leadership and personnel for their support during his tenure, saying the various milestones registered couldn't have been possible without their valuable input.

He recognized the significant role the KDF has continued to play globally in peacekeeping missions outside the country, making them endeared in the global community of nations.

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