NATIONAL DEFENCE COLLEGE HOLDS 21ST GRADUATION CEREMONY

German Armed Forces Lieutenant Colonel Stephan Hasler receives a Certificate of Course Completion from the Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo during NDC’s 21st Graduation Ceremony in Karen, Nairobi on 23rd May 2019.

The National Defence College (NDC) held its 21st Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, 23 May 2019, in Karen, Nairobi.

NDC is a Kenya Defence Forces-sponsored institution charged with the responsibility of developing and improving the intellectual capacity of senior military and Government officials on broader dimension of security issues.

The Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Defence Amb Raychelle Omamo while presiding over the graduation ceremony, congratulated the graduates for successfully completing 48 weeks of intense intellectual engagement, sacrifice and determination.  She expressed her gratitude to the College Advisory Board, the three Services of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and the University of Nairobi for their diligent support and partnership that bore fruit resulting in the day’s celebrations.

The CS acknowledged that out of the 37 course participants, eleven were drawn from ten friendly countries.  The graduates comprised of senior military officers, senior civil servants and senior security officers from Kenya, Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Germany, India, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

“I thank your respective countries for choosing Kenya to further your education and in the process strengthening the bonds of friendship between us. We trust that your countries will continue to support and enrich the scholarship offered by this institution,” the CS said.

She added, “you have obtained knowledge to change something, to improve something, to create something and to say something.  Knowledge finds expression in action; without action, knowledge has no utility.”

The CS in a special way appreciated the work of the outgoing NDC Commandant, Major General Andrew Ikenye, and took the opportunity too to welcome the incoming Commandant, Lieutenant General Adan Mulata to the NDC family.

On his part, Lieutenant General Mulata echoed the CS’ sentiments saying that the college would continue to train course participants on matters of national security that threaten the survival of a nation.

“I wish to commend all the graduates for a job well done and share in their joy for successfully completing this course.  I thank all the lecturers and resource persons, especially the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies of the University of Nairobi, and from far and wide for their invaluable contribution,” added the Commandant.

Present during the ceremony were the Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, the Vice Chief of the Defence Forces Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi, the Defence Principal Secretary Saitoti Torome, Service Commanders, The Inspector General of the National Police Service Hillary Mutyambai, General Officers, retired General Officers, NDC Faculty Members and Staff, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, College Alumni, and family members of the graduates among other invited guests.

Ms Mildred Ming’ala from Ministry of Foreign Affairs receives a Certificate of Course Completion from the Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo during NDC’s 21st graduation ceremony on 23rd May 2019.  Ms Mildred Ming’ala from Ministry of Foreign Affairs receives a Certificate of Course Completion from the Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo during NDC’s 21st graduation ceremony on 23rd May 2019.
Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo interacts with NDC graduates during the 21st graduation ceremony. Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo interacts with NDC graduates during the 21st graduation ceremony.
NDC graduates follow graduation ceremony proceedings on 23rd May 2019.  NDC graduates follow graduation ceremony proceedings on 23rd May 2019.
National Defence College Commandant Lieutenant General Adan Mulata delivers his remarks during the college’s 21st graduation ceremony in Karen, Nairobi.National Defence College Commandant Lieutenant General Adan Mulata delivers his remarks during the college’s 21st graduation ceremony in Karen, Nairobi.

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