President Uhuru Kenyatta has commended the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) for its role in the renewal of key infrastructure projects across the country.

The President thanked KDF for the successful rehabilitation of the Nairobi to Nanyuki and the ongoing works on the Nakuru to Kisumu railway lines as well as the renewal of the Kisumu Port.

"We also recognize the contribution that our Defense Forces continue to make to our country as a whole, especially in utilizing their skills and assets to spearhead selected strategic development projects.

"The rehabilitation works on the Nairobi to Nanyuki meter-gauge railway line, the work done by Navy Engineers in the rehabilitation of the Kisumu Port, and the ongoing work on Nakuru to Kisumu line; are a few of such projects the Defence Forces have executed with excellence. For this reason, we are, indeed, proud of your contribution to the realization of the Vision 2030 journey," the President said.

The Head of State spoke Thursday at the KDF's Recruits Training School in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County during a pass out parade.

Kenyatta urged other state agencies to emulate the defence forces in their commitment to service.

His remarks come at a time when a move to put police and parastatal owned planes under the military.

Recently, the Kenya Meat Commission was also moved from the ministry of agriculture to that of defence.

Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and Rift Valley Regional Coordinator George Natembeya attended the passout ceremony.  Families of the new officers and the genral public were for the first time locked out of the celebrations.