Number one and two platoon of the specialist cadets match past the dias
The Chief of the Defence Forces (CDF) General Samson Mwathethe represented the President and Commander in Chief HE Uhuru Kenyatta in commissioning specialist cadets at the Kenya Military Academy (KMA) at Lanet in Nakuru County.
During the spectacular event at the KMA parade square, the CDF read the C-in-C’s commissioning message and witnessed the commissioning cadets take an Oath of Allegiance to serve as newly-commissioned officers in the Kenya Defence Forces.
KMA Commandant Major General George Owinow led General Mwathethe in awarding trophies to Senior Under Officer Peter Kabara Githinji for being the Best Cadet in Professional Studies and Winner of Professional Studies Award and Cadet Adjutant Linet Akoth Okore scooped the Second Best Cadet in the same category and a Winner of Professional Shield. Junior Under Officers Michael Njau and Jackline Wango Murage were also awarded for being position one and two in the Character Development category respectively.
In his speech, the CDF urged all the newly-commissioned officers to internalize, uphold and always live by the military values instilled into them during their training at KMA.
“For the graduands the curriculum offered to you at the KMA is about leader development. It is broken into professional military training, social engineering and character development. The essence is to produce officers who are prepared for intellectual, ethical, social and physical demands across the broad spectrum of changes in professional military service.” Said Gen Mwathethe
Citing the great respect that KDF has earned across the region due to the exemplary performances in various missions, General Mwathethe asked the cadets to always work as professionals in the military and also in their professions so that they further maintain the great name of the defence forces.
The Chief of the Defence Forces further applauded the officers for their exemplary performance during their basic training. He congratulated the KMA Commandant, officers and all instructors for ensuring a smooth and effective training environment that has enabled the academy to achieve its training objective.
The Chief of Defence Forces also urged the officers to always uphold the loyalty they have shown since they joined the academy and also adhere to KDF values which have made KDF a symbol of nationhood.
“I therefore urge you to safeguard the trust bestowed on you by discharging your duties selflessly and diligently. You integrity should never be questioned and you should guard against irresponsible behaviour likely to jeopardize your personal health and safety and the reputation of the KDF. ”
He concluded by congratulating parents and family members of the officers.
“I also want to congratulate the proud parents and family members and friends of the commissioning officers who are here today. Although the focus today is on the officers who are here graduating, congratulations are due for each family for encouraging and supporting the officers to get this far”.
The commissioning officers from various professions such as the medical field, engineering, journalism amongst others will serve in their respective professions in KDF.
Present during the commissioning ceremony were the Principal Secretary for Defence Mr. Torome Saitoti, the Vice Chief of the Defence Forces Lieutenant General Joseph Kasaon, Service Commanders, military officers, service members and invited guests.
The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Samson Mwathethe inspects a quarter guard mounted by Kenya Military Academy instructors during the Commissioning parade of specialist cadets.
The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Samson Mwathethe signs the visitors book at the Military Academy School headquarters.
The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Samson Mwathethe salutes during the National anthem.
The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Samson Mwathethe inspects parade mounted by specialist cadets.
Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Samson Mwathethe presents an award to the best officer cadet in professional studies Senior under Officer Patrick Kabaara Githinji.
2nd Lieutenant Nathaniel Wainaina happy as he reunites with his family after successfully completing the 5 months military officer training.