On Saturday, 2 February 2019 the Defence Staff College (DSC) held its Annual Cultural Day in Karen, Nairobi.
The DSC Cultural Day is part of their annual tradition which gives students the opportunity to experience cultural diversity and serves to showcase the institution’s role in enhancing regional peace and security. This year the event was themed, “United Through Cultural Diversity.”
Officers studying at the college are drawn from eight African countries and are required to prepare their respective country presentations and a cultural exhibition. This often includes food, dressing, songs and dances besides performances by various bands and cultural dance groups.
This year the event was presided over by the DSC Commandant Major General Ngewa Mukala.
In his address, the Commandant thanked the course participants and other partners for the effort they put in ensuring the day was a success.
On cultural diversity, Maj Gen Mukala expressed hope that the diversity of African culture will bring the continent closer and impact positively on socio-economic and political development.
“It is my hope that by the end of this memorable day, you will join and ratify the DSC’s belief that there is indeed immense synergy in African cultural diversity which we should celebrate, and this has impact on our socio-economic and political development,” added the Commandant.
The Defence Staff College is a Kenya Defence Forces-sponsored middle-level institution tasked with the education and training of officers to ensure they become better leaders in their various capacities in the military and society at large. Students at DSC are drawn from Kenya, Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Rwanda Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Senior Kenya military officers, defence attaches, members of the diplomatic corps, military officers, service members and KDF family members were among those present during the event.
Lieutenant Colonel Silas Molebi of Botswana explains to the Guest of Honour Major General Ngewa Mukala some of the Botswana traditional food and cultural artifacts.
Borana Cultural Dancers entertain guests during the 2019 Cultural Day at the Defence Staff College.
Rift Valley Cultural Dancers welcome the Guest of Honour Major General Ngewa Mukala to Kenyan Tent.
Guest of Honour Major General Ngewa Mukala presents a voucher to the Senior Instructor at the Defence Staff College Colonel Richard Mwanzia.
The Guest of Honour and Commandant Defence Staff College Major General Ngewa Mukala receives a gift from Lieutenant Colonel Ayman Mohammed from Egypt.
The Guest of Honour and Commandant Defence Staff College Major General Ngewa
Mukala makes his address during the college’s 2019 Cultural Day.
Guest of Honour Major General Ngewa Mukala cutting a cake during the 2019 Cultural Day at the Defence Staff College.