Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Joseph Kasaon and Service Commanders together with other senior military officers and Participant of course 20-2017/2018 in a group photo.
The National Defence College (NDC) Kenya, graduation was marked on the 24th May, 2018 at Karen, Nairobi, marking the end of forty eight (48) weeks of hard work, sacrifice and determination by the forty (40) graduands.
The course participants comprised of Senior Military Officers and Senior Civil Servants from Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Egypt, Togo, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe selected for preparation of higher responsibilities in the direction and management of National Security and other related areas of Public Policy.
The College since establishment has trained six hundred and forty one (641) Kenyan military and Public Officers and two hundred and seven (207) Officers from friendly countries who after graduation occupy senior positions in security agencies and other related areas of Public Policy.
The Chief Guest, Cabinet Secretary of Defence, Ambassador Raychelle Omamo said, it was a great honor to preside over the ceremony, congratulating the graduates on their successful completion of the course, thanking their teaching staff, commanding officers and families.
“Eleven (11) members of the graduating class were drawn from ten (10) states, and we are honored and proud that your countries selected our NDC to further your military and professional careers as it is an indication that the College is held in high esteem by our regional counterparts. Your presence in Kenya this past year reinforces the bonds of friendship between our countries bringing unity and peaceful Africa.” She said.
NDC’s former students wield positions of leadership and decision making in the defence forces, other security organs, the civil service and government agencies in Kenya and throughout the region. They play crucial roles in the advancement of peace and security on our continents and are symbols of excellence, diligence and disciple for our young populations, she added.
Ambassador Omamo said, the advent of terrorism, cyber crime, and resource conflicts fuelled by climate change, together with changes in global power relations with poverty and inequality have triggered fundamental and confounding shifts in the patterns of conflict, which presents African strategies with challenges, demanding a transformation regarding the nature of peace, sovereignty, security threats and conflict management solutions needed to pre-empt them.
In attendance were College Advisory Board Members, inclusive of the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General Samson Mwathethe, Service Commanders, General Officers, Faculty Members, Ambassadors, Defence Attaches, College alumni, College Staff and distinguished guests.
Cabinet Secretary for Defence Ambassador Raychelle Omamo signs the visitor book at the National Defence College Officers Mess.
Cabinet Secretary for Defence Ambassador Raychelle Omamo takes a look at the exhibition set up by the course participants.
National Defence College Deputy Commandant Major General Andrew Ikenye gives his welcoming address during course 20-2017/2018 graduation ceremony.
Cabinet Secretary for Defence Ambassador Raychelle Omamo delivers her speech during the NDC graduation ceremony.