In Summary
  • The seniormost of the three sacked non-commissioned officers (NCOs) was a senior sergeant. This means he has served for at least 16 years in KDF.
  • Today, the military is highly trusted and seen by the Kenyans as an institution they care about and have a great deal of confidence in. That’s what KDF must sustain.

It is with utter dismay that I read the opinion column by Murithi Mutiga titled: “Keep politics out of the military, Mr President; we need stability.”

Mr Mutiga fundamentally committed the same crime of which he accused the President – involving the military in politics. He seems not to know how militaries are supposed to treat politicians and behave around politics.

He, like most civilians, have little or no knowledge of troops’ life and culture. He is already caught in the nostalgia of a Cord government and does not even hide that he never voted for the current KDF’s commander-in-chief.

However, one point of convergence between his opinion and mine is this: As politicians divide this country along ethnic lines, military leaders have the onerous task of keeping the military professional and apolitical in all its facets.

No nation can ever be stable if its military is not completely apolitical. This means that the military has no interest whatsoever or involvement in political affairs.

The KDF states that being apolitical is one of its core values: “The [Kenya] Defence Forces will steer clear of politics and will remain steadfastly apolitical”.

Further, the three junior officers sacked for attending a Cord rally forgot to live by one of KDF’s professional core values: “The [Kenya] Defence Forces will uphold its loyalty and commitment to the Commander-in-Chief and the people of Kenya through the chain of command.” Whether they like him or not, they have to follow his orders.

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