Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Joseph Kasaon, Principal Secretary for Defence Torome Saitoti and Kenya Defence Forces Service Commanders in a group photo with the graduands.
The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General Samson Mwathethe presided over the 33rd Defence Staff College (DSC) graduation held at Karen, Nairobi on Thursday, 7 June 2018.
A total of 50 officers of the ranks of newly appointed Lieutenant Colonel and Major from the three Services (Army, Air Force and Navy) who were drawn from Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia marked the ceremony as a completion of the year long Grade Two Staff course.
In his address, the Chief of Defence Forces who represented Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo congratulated the graduands for the sacrifice they had made within the training period, mentioning that the course was of utmost relevance to their military careers, as it equipped them with necessary knowledge and skills to serve better, particularly in today’s world where issues like terrorism, insecurity and religious division had taken toll. He praised the significant growth that the Defence Staff College had made over the years, noting that it had become a centre of excellence not only within Kenya but also in the region. “The partnerships that this college has made with the University of Nairobi and the Kenya School of Government have ensured that our Officers acquire the most efficient training with the best resource people in this country”, he said.
General Mwathethe also challenged the graduands to give their best upon return to duty, and work even more to achieve greater heights in future. He also lauded the steps the college had made in improving gender policies, noting that the 33rd group of graduands comprised four lady officers – the highest number to have ever been enrolled at once for a course. He thanked the management of the college and all the personnel who had ensured that the course was a success.
The Defence Staff College Commandant Major General Ngewa Mukala added that the intended mission of the course had been achieved, and the output of the graduands upon arrival for duty could not be doubted. Major General Mukala indicated that the graduands had lived by their slogan “One Team, One Mission”.
The Chief of Defence Forces presented all the graduands with certificates and awarded those who had made exemplary performance in various areas, with Kenya Air Force’s Major Margaret Kikechi being the best student overall. The CDF also planted a commemorative tree at the college’s grounds.
Others who attended the ceremony included the Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Joseph Kasaon, Defence Principal Secretary Saitoti Torome, Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi, Commander Kenya Air Force Major General Samuel Thuita, Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Mghalu, former Chief of General Staff Gen. (Rtd) Jeremiah Kianga, Senior Officers, Defence Attachés, members of the diplomatic corps, retired Officers, Officers, Service Personnel and families of the graduands.
Major General Ngewa Mukala gives his welcoming address.
Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe presents an award to the best student overall Major Margret Kikechi.
Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe presents a certificate of achievement to Lieutenant Colonel Mohamed Ragheb from the Egyptian Defence Forces.
Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe makes his address during the 33rd Defence Staff College graduation held on 7th June 2018 at Karen, Nairobi.
Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe plants a commemorative tree at the Defence Staff College grounds.