The Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe Awards best Specialist Cadet in Order of Merit, Senior Under Officer Cadet Boaz Peter Orenga of Kenya Army.
The Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, today 18 of April 2019, presided over the Specialists and the Special Duty Officers’ commissioning parade at Kenya Military Academy, Lanet in Nakuru.
Before addressing the Cadets, the CDF awarded the four best officers with trophies. Senior Under Officer (SUO) Boaz Peter Orenga awarded the Best Cadet in Order of Merit, Cadet Adjutant Abunidal Ahmed Mohammed scooped the Best Cadet in Professional Studies, Junior Under Officer (JUO) Cadet Catherine Akinyi Nyapera became second Best in Professional Studies and JUO Cadet Kelvin Gachugu Wanjau was awarded the Best Cadet in Character Development and Winner of Commandant’s Shield.
In his speech, the CDF congratulated the newly commissioned officers for their resilience through the rigorous training. “The Specialist and Special Duty Cadets passing out today commenced their training at this Academy 0n 29 October 2018.They have undergone 6 months of intensive training the culmination of which we are witnessing today,” said the CDF
He acknowledged that the KDF bears the responsibility for the protection of Kenyan people not only from the threats of external aggression, but also the restoration of order in support of the civil administration, and in order to achieve this, the KDF is entitled to continuously build capacity, through the military training.
The CDF urged the commissioned Officers to combine the lessons taught at the KMA with a sound sense of selfless service, duty, moral principles and unwavering desire to protect the Kenyan people.
The commissioning cadets put on a colourful display parade under the command of SUO Boaz Peter Orenga of Kenya Army and Cadet Adjutant Abunidal Ahmed Mohamed of Kenya Navy. The parade consisted of slow and quick march past, the review order and taking the oath of allegiance. The seventy-two Specialists Officers are graduates in diverse professions before they commenced the rigorous six months KDF training in October 2018.
The graduating officers include Doctors, Lawyers, Mechanic Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Architects, Civil and Construction Engineers, Journalists, IT Specialists, Meteorologists, Education Officers, Dentists, Forensic Investigators (Cyber Security), Pharmacists, Veterinary Officers and Special Duty Officers Cadets.
Present during the colourful event were the Principal Secretary for Defence Saitoti Torome, the Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi, Service Commanders, the Assistant Chief of Defence Forces Personnel & Logistics Major General Fatuma Ahmed, the Kenya Military Academy Commandant Major General George Owino, Senior Military Officers, Officers, Service Members among other invited guests.
Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe makes his remarks during the Commissioning Parade.
Specialist and Special Duty Officers salute the Chief of Defence Forces.
Specialist and Special Duty Officer platoons March past the dias in slow time.