OPERATION DUMISHA AMANI
Operation Dumisha Amani is a joint security venture between the Kenya Army and the provincial administration in the North Rift districts, launched in May 2005 to restore normalcy in an area hitherto dominated by a wave of general insecurity. The genesis of this insecurity was then attributed to rampant cattle rustling amongst the local population.
This security intervention has achieved remarkable improvement and stability in the general security in the area, a development which has restored peace and hope to the general North Rift region. Meanwhile, the Kenya Army has taken a leading role in initiating public utility projects under its humanitarian civic assistance programme.
Sinking of Boreholes. A total of six boreholes have been completed, with three each in Baringo and Turkana Districts respectively.
Construction of Local Administration Camps. The Moi Mosol Chief’s camp was completed and handed over to the local provincial administration while the construction of the Kanyerus Administration Police camp is ongoing and projected for completion soon.
Construction of Roads. A total of 65.4 kilometres road stretches have been completed on the Kanyarkwet-Kanyerus (19.4 km), Chepchoine Katikoror (6 km) and Nginyang-Riongo (40 kms) respectively, while the road stretch on the Riongo-Akujatis is due for completion.
Dams and Water pans. A total of eight dams and water pans have been constructed and are fully operational in Baringo and West Pokot Districts.
KENBATT 15 TROOPS MEDAL PARADE
The gallant troops of the Kenyan contingent in the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) were honoured with United Nations peace medals in recognition of duties in the service of peace. The auspicious occasion, held on 22 nd November 2006, was presided over by Force Commander Lt Gen Jasbir Lidder. The function was also witnessed by, among others Governor Western Bahr el Ghazal H.E Mark Nyipuoch Ubong, Kenya ‘s Ambassador to Sudan H E Col (Rtd) Elijah Matibo, Deputy Force Commander Brig Simon Karanja, Defence Advisor Khartoum Col P G Kahuha, Head of Office Mr. Fred Babi, Sector Commander Col Nicholas Ndono and Commanding Officer Kenbatt 15, Lt Col Albert Kendegor.
The ceremony commenced with the Force Commander inspecting a meticulous Guard of Honour. Later, the guests were treated to thrilling performances by the local Balanda traditional dance troupe followed by Kenbatt soldiers who performed choral and traditional musical presentations. A thrilling Maasai traditional dance, led by Sgt Ole Suntu closed the session.
In his keynote address, the Force Commander paid glowing tribute to the contingent and lauded their contribution to UNMIS in its effort to ensure that the Comprehensive Peace Accord was fully implemented.
OPERATION LINDA MPAKA
This operation was launched on 29 th December 2006 following the breakout of hostilities in Somalia between the main protagonists in the conflict, fighters of Council of Islamic Court (SCIC) fighters and the Transitional Government Forces (TGF) supported by Ethiopian forces. The conflict was trigged by an incessant stalemate in the Khartoum talks. Fundamentally Operation Linda Mpaka is intended to ensure peace and security along the Kenya- Somalia border by denying entry into Kenya fleeing SCLC political leadership, senior commands and their fighters. Since its inception, several arrests of key political leaders have been made. Similarly, persons wanted for their terrorists’ activities in Somalia have also been arrested and repatriated. It is envisaged that the operation will continue for sometime subject to a general pacification in the Somalia crisis.
On humanitarian civic assistance, the Kenya Army has initiated humanitarian civic initiatives targeting drilling of boreholes and the provision of medical services.