President William Ruto, the Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, joined Kenyans in marking the 59th Jamhuri Day celebrations at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.
This year’s Jamhuri Day was marked by Trooping of the Colour Parade mounted by 23 Mechanised Infantry Battallion(MIB).
The President first inspected a guard of honor displayed by the three Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) services before presenting 23 MIB with the Presidential and Regimental Colours, confirming the unit’s full operational status.
Trooping of the Colours is a significant military custom that represents the spirit, might, and pride of a unit. Battle honors are shown on colours and badges are awarded to regiments to honor the gallantry of their soldiers.
The 23rd Mechanised Infantry Battalion was formed on 19th July, 2017 alongside 25 Mechanised Infantry Battalion and 27 Mechanised Infantry Battalion which form the 8th infantry Brigade commanded by Brigadier David Chesire. The Marsabit-based Unit became fully operational on 30th November, 2018 and has continued to consolidate up her forces, bond, train and prepare for Operations and other routine tasks.
During the ceremony, the President highlighted on the importance of innovation and technology adding that it will create job and wealth for future generations.
“It is a time to reflect deeply on founding affiliations of our nation, define Kenya for prosperity, equip and empower our youths through innovation,” said H.E the president.
He equally honored the heroes and heroines who fought hard to grant us our independence.
KDF continues to defend and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Kenya as mandated by the Kenyan Constitution.