Vice Chief of the Defence Force(VCDF) Lt Gen Joseph Kasaon address the course participants.
Vice Chief of the Defence Forces Lieutenant General Joseph Kasaon on 13th of February 2017 presided over the opening ceremony of the 15th Regional Senior Mission Leaders’ Course at the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC)Karen.
The VCDF began by welcoming all to Kenya on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, for this important training. This centre has, and continues to train generations of military, police and civilian senior leaders for deployment in future in African Union/United Nations Peace Support Operations.
“In this regard, the 15th RSML course that begins today and runs for the next two weeks comes at critical moment, when regional states are engaged in collective efforts to address the myriad challenges affecting peace and security in the Eastern Africa and Horn of Africa Region. To name but a few of such challenges are the Yemen spillover effects, the South Sudan stalemate, the drought and resource strain in the region, the Al Shabaab menace within the wider terror apparatus and not forgetting the DR Congo perennial instability”. The Vice Chief of Defence said.
In conclusion, he urged all the participants to take full advantage of this exceptional opportunity that brings together a diverse class of senior officials from the military, police and civilian institutions, to reflect on the complexities of conflicts in our continent and particularly in Eastern Africa; from both a strategic and operational perspective.
The commandant Peace and Conflict Studies School, Colonel Jaldesa also explained in his speech the purpose of the course is to strengthen senior leadership capacity within the Eastern African Region and African continent at large through training for respective learning the challenges that are facing the Peace Support Operations.
Present during the occasion were Major General (Retired) S N Karanja, Commandant Defence Staff College(DSC) Major General Ngewa Mukala, UK representative Grobberlaar Colonel (Retired), members of the IPSTC, other partners among the invited guest.
The Chief Guest VCDF Lt Gen Joseph Kasaon is received by Commandant PCSS Colonel Isako Jaldesa during the Official Opening Ceremony of the 15th Regional Senior Mission Leaders Course at IPSTC on 13 February 2017.
Vice Chief of the Defence Force Lt Gen Joseph kasaon signs the visitors’ book at VIP Lounge.
Vice Chief of the Defence Force (Center) Director of Studies Maj Gen (Rtd) Simon Karanja (left) Commandant Peace and Conflict Studies School Colonel Isako Jaldesa( right) Senior Military Officers and Course participants pose for a group photo.