Defence Headquarters Fitness Instructor Corporal Robert Ochieno demonstrate to students under PURES programme some fitness skills during their tour on Wednesday 7th February 2018
By Sergeant Loise Nakae, Photo by Corporal Leonard Kirui
Thirty six (36) students who are the beneficiaries of Pupils Reward scheme (PURES) program visited the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on 8th February 2018. They are the best performing pupils from 16 different counties.
Pupils Reward scheme (PURES) is a mentorship programme which was initiated and launched by His Excellency the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces Uhuru Kenyatta and Her Excellency the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta to motivate pupils to work hard in their studies and instill in them a sense of discipline, direction and patriotism. The program is also aimed at inculcating the spirit of service to the pupils which has become rare in the Kenyan leadership and community at large.
On behalf of the Ministry of Defence top leadership, Colonel Public Affairs Colonel David Obonyo, welcomed the students. He assured the pupils that they got a good forum to learn more about the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF).
A presentation was made by Major James Githaka, officer in charge of Doctrine and Establishment, which captured organisation and functions of MOD, a brief history of KDF and major achievemnets. It was folowed by a short video clip that highlighted key areas in KDF from recruitment, training, weapons to parades of both Cadets and recruits, that drew enthusiasm form the students.
Thereafter the students proceded to Kenya Air Force Heaqdquarters in Eastleigh, Nairobi, where they got a briefing on KAF and its functions from Colonel Benedict Mwololo. They also got an opportunity to learn more about the aircrafts that include Puma, Y-12 and Dash 8. The climax of their visit was when they were treated to an aircraft experience and interact with pilots who shared their first hand experience.
The visit was an eye opener to the young citizens since it has imparted some military knowledge on them. Out of the thirty six students, five of them showed interest in joining the Kenya Defence Forces on completion of their studies.
On behalf of the pupils, PURES Director Florence Awori, who had accompanied the pupils thanked the Officers, Service Members and all the partcipants for giving the students comprehensive information about MOD and KDF in general. She added that they are grateful for having a chance to be taught and exposed to the work done by the Kenya Defence Forces.
Deputy Commander Kenya Air Force Brigadier Francis Ogolla, expressed his joy for hosting the students who are determined to be leaders of tomorrow. He assured them that their dreams are still valid. Finally Brigadier Ogolla on behalf of KDF appreciated the PURES project coordinator for choosing MOD as one of their place of visit.
The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Spokesman Colonel David Obonyo in company with the PURES Director Florence Awori (left) and Major James Githaka, addressing the students under PURES programme at Defence Headquarters during their visit on Wednesday 7th February 2018
Samson Kanyua from Mugumo Secondary School speaking during the Questions and Answers Session at the event
Major James Githaka addressing the students under PURES programme.
The students under PURES programme enjoy a ride in the the Kenya Air Force Y12 Aircraft during their visit to Moi Air Base.
Deputy Commander Kenya Air Force Brigadier Francis Ogolla addressing the students under PURES programme.