In a decisive move to address the escalating flood crisis in Kenya, President William Ruto has declared that the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) will spearhead the response efforts, coordinating with other security agencies to manage the environmental emergency gripping the nation.

Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of newly promoted Chief of Defence Forces General Charles Muriu Kahariri and two other service commanders, Ruto emphasized the pivotal role of the military in leveraging its capabilities to support the ongoing crisis response.

“I have discussed this with the new CDF and we will be asking the KDF to roll out its capabilities to support other agencies in dealing with the situation that we are having in the country at the moment,” Ruto affirmed.

The deployment of KDF follows Ruto’s recent directive for military involvement in the search and retrieval operations after the Mai Mahiu flood tragedy, which has tragically claimed 188 lives with numerous individuals still missing.