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President Uhuru Kenyatta vows to win war against terrorism 

NAKURU (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday vowed to win the war again terrorism, citing unity among Kenyans in flushing out terrorists responsible for the loss of innocent lives in the country.

Kenyatta said terrorists have tried to create division, hatred and fear among Kenyans but have failed.

He lauded the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) for their commitment to keeping Kenya safe, especially in the fight against terrorism.

“I want to be perfectly clear: we will win because we have right and might on our side,” the president said when he presided over the KDF officer cadets’ commissioning parade at the Kenya Military Academy at Lanet in Nakuru County.

He urged all Kenyans to be alive to the fact that terrorism cannot be defeated by the military might alone. As the defence and security forces continue in their efforts to keep the country safe, President Kenyatta

The president stressed the prosperity of Kenya depends on how the crucial factors of peace, security, governance and sound economic development policies are brought to act on each other for the advancement of the society.

He lauded the military for ensuring that Kenyans of different ethnic and religious backgrounds work together in harmony as patriots guided by the values of loyalty, discipline, professionalism, integrity and a high sense of identity.

Kenyan soldiers are currently engaged in the fight against the militia group in southern Somalia where its soldiers under, the Africa Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM) have intensified fight against the insurgents.

The country faces insecurity as bomb attacks using improvised explosive devices and grenades have become more frequent in the coastal city of Mombasa and northeastern region since KDF entered Somalia in 2011 to secure the shared border with the lawless country.

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