President Uhuru Kenyatta has advised the newly commissioned Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) officers to precisely attach to their professional ethos as they discharge their constitutional mandate of protecting Kenya's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The President particularly assigned the officers joining KDF with specialized skills and unique professional abilities to uphold professionalism in addition to being faithful and true to their oath of allegiance.
“You are not just barely fighters at arms but the unstinting personification of our national values,” President Kenyatta said, noting that Kenyans have conferred their trust in KDF at a time when global as well as regional safety and security threats are on the rise.
President Kenyatta spoke on Friday during the delegating parade of graduating officer cadets that included general service officers, specialists, and special duty officers at Kenya Military Academy in Lanet, Nakuru County.
The Head of State conveyed the achievement that the Kenyan military has withstood the requisite modification to cope with emerging security challenges and demands.
He pinpointed the enhanced training of KDF officers as one of the areas that have been perfected to safeguard the country from external aggression as well as contribute to regional, continental and global peace.
“As we continue to revivify and renovate our key institutions within the defense and security sector, I note with satisfaction that we are ahead of the curve in terms of anticipating and meeting the demands of the contemporary operating environment.
“This is the reason why the KDF lays a powerful emphasis on bringing on board and enhancing specialized technical skills and professional abilities,” the President clarified.
In the pursuit to proceed to thrive in the capacity of the defense forces, President Kenyatta said his administration had established the National Defence University-Kenya (NDU-K) as an institution of higher learning and national strategic importance in line with Section 24 of the Universities Act, 2012.
“This marked an evolution milestone for training and education in the field of defense and security personnel,” President Kenyatta said pointing out that the NDU-K is aimed at enhancing scholarly capacity for strategic thinking in pursuit of Kenya’s national interests.
The Head of State said NDU-K is an outcome of sustained efforts to redefine security training and education in Kenya with a view of embracing a holistic approach to defense and security.
“And, in specific one which is strongly hinged on finding solutions to defense and security challenges via research, innovation, and concentrated academic speech".
"Therefore, we anticipate NDU-K to contribute to the development of a critical mass of leaders and commanders at various levels of the defense and security apparatus nationally, regionally, and internationally,” he explained.
Noting that some of the graduating cadets arrive from the neighboring countries, President Kenyatta confided in the international and regional cooperation formation that allows the exchange of cadets amongst the East African countries of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Burundi.
“This arrangement is instrumental in strengthening regional collaboration and cooperation, and it ultimately enhances the promotion of Pan-Africanism,” President Kenyatta explained.
At the colorful ceremony also attended by several senior Government and military officials led by Energy CS Monica Juma, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, and Chief of Kenya Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi, President Kenyatta awarded graduands who excelled in different facets of their workout.
Peter Mwendwa Kavuta of Kenya Army arose won the best officer cadet in leadership and command which earned him the coveted Sword of Honor while Jemimah Wawera Munyi of Kenya Airforce clinched the award for the best officer cadet in academic studies.
Emmanuel Baya Yaah of Kenya Navy emerged as the best officer cadet in character development while Athmani Saidi Mnete of Tanzania Peoples Defence Forces scooped the best-allied officer cadet, winning the Commandant's Award.
Others were Kevin Gitangu Mbuthia of Kenya Army who arose as the best across-the-board specialist cadet while Hamisi Lubambo of Kenya Navy won the best specialist cadet in professional studies award and Muthii Sammy Njoka of Kenya Air Force finalized the best expert cadet in character advancement.
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