Uhuru urges military to focus training on emerging threats

Friday, November 27th, 2020 00:00 |
President Uhuru Kenyatta inspects a guard of honour at the Kenya Military Academy in Lanet, Nakuru. Photo/PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta has advised the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) to invest more in continuous training, in order to be better placed to deal with emerging security threats. 

The President emphasised that the training, must focus on imparting skills that will prepare the military to respond to diverse challenges from both conventional and asymmetric spheres. 

“To effectively contain the security challenges of the 21st Century, training within the military must be better aligned with emerging threats across all domains and the expanded demands placed on the shoulders of our Forces,” the President said. 

Uhuru spoke yesterday at the Kenya Military Academy in Lanet, Nakuru County, where he commissioned the eighth group of military cadets that has undergone a three-year training under the Bachelor of Science in Military and Security Studies program. 

The cadets, who started the degree program offered by Kenyatta University in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence in 2017, will be graduating next month. 

The President challenged them to use the professional knowledge, skills and competencies they have acquired to serve and protect the sovereignty of the nation, its people and region. 

“It is important to note that learning to acquire knowledge,  and sharpen your skills and competencies, shall be a daily endeavour throughout the entire course of your career in uniform,” Uhuru said. 

He congratulated the new officers and advised them to ensure their commitment to hard work, diligence and excellence does not diminish throughout their career. 

“We expect a lot from you, but our expectations are not more than you can deliver; we also urge you to always abide by the tenets of the Officer’s Creed, and to never let the high standards of professionalism, valour and commitment to duty that have been set by your predecessors diminish by even an iota,” the President said. 

Noting that the commissioned officers included cadets from Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, the President said the first-class training they have acquired from the should help to enhance security cooperation in the region. 

Security challenges

“Most significantly, I am confident that the friendships established amongst you will contribute to the strengthening of our national ties and our collective responses to the security challenges that we continue to face in our region,” the President said. 

The President awarded officers who excelled in various fields led by Brian Mathinji Ngure who emerged the best officer cadet in leadership and command, winning the Sword of Honour followed by Safia Diramu Dida who took second position. 

Denis Melita Nanyukoko took the award for the best cadet in professional studies while David Paul Gitonga emerged second in the category. 

The award for the best officer cadet in character development was won by Paul Odhiambo Olwal while the second position went to Endrico Lopua Elimlim. 

Mika Mohamed Yona of Tanzania won the award for the best allied officer cadet in order of merit while Joekevin Muiga Rugara emerged the best officer cadet in academic studies. 

The commissioning parade was attended by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, Defense Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma and Chief of Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi. 

Also present were Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai and Commandant of the Kenya Military Academy Major General Peter Njiru among other national and military leaders. – PSCU

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