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President Paul Kagame commissions 180 Cadet Officers

Gako, 13 July 2018

President Kagame today at the Rwanda Military Academy in Gako, commissioned 180 Cadet Officers, 17 of whom were women.

In his commissioning speech, upon welcoming them in the RDF Officer Corps, HE President Paul Kagame and the Commander-in-Chief of Rwanda Defence Force reminded the newly commissioned Officers that skills acquired prepared for the important responsibility of defending national sovereignty.
“You are given the training and knowledge to protect the sovereignty of our nation, to fight wars and keep Rwandans and their properties safe. It is an important responsibility”, the Head of State said before adding that “RDF is trained and prepared to fight wars but not to start them with others. But if others make us their problem and choose to start a war with us, that is when we use judgment, determination and training to fight and finish it for them… I congratulate all of you who successfully completed your training”, President Kagame said after commissioning the Officers to the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Rwanda Defence Force.

The Commandant of Rwanda Military Academy, Col Tom Mpaka said that the commissioning ceremony marks the end of rigorous training of the Cadet Officers aimed at shaping the future commanders professionally and academically to meet the operational challenges.
“Rwanda Military Academy trains and educate cadets in the values of military profession and academic excellence in order to meet operational requirements”, he said before adding that the “training focuses on four pillars; character development, military professionalism, academic development and physical fitness”.

HE President Paul Kagame also awarded the best three Cadet Officers of intake 07/17; Frank Kwizera as the overall best Cadet, followed by Junior Nkuranga and Amon Muhairwe.
The newly Commissioned officers included four who trained for one year in Tanzania within the spirit of regional integration and defence cooperation.

The 22 Commissioned Officers with special skills (Engineering and Medicine) undertook short cadet course of six months while 158 trained for one year.