46 Senior Officers from Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) and Allied Defence Forces have graduated from the one year long Senior Command and Staff Course Intake Five (05/2017), at RDF Command and Staff College ( RDF CSC) in Musanze District. Among the 46 SCSC graduates, 40 were in addition conferred academic qualifications by the University of Rwanda; 27 with Masters of Arts in Security Studies and 13 with Post Graduate Diplomas in Security Studies.
The graduation ceremony held on 9th June 2017 was presided over by Honourable Minister of Defence, Gen James Kabarebe, on behalf of H.E Paul Kagame, the President of the Republic of Rwanda and Commander-in-Chief of Rwanda Defence Force.Other present dignitaries included Hon Minister of Education, Dr Musafiri Papias Malimba, Hon Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources, Geraldine Mukeshimana, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda, Professor Phillip Cotton, the RDF Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Patrick Nyamvumba, among others.
In his key note address, the Guest of Honor pointed out that the knowledge acquired by the Senior Officers from the College will contribute to national and regional security. “The course you have just concluded has equipped you with the necessary analytical, planning and communication skills to enable you make the transition from tactical to operational and strategic focus, to deal with the contemporary complex security environment”, Gen Kabarebe noted.
Minister Kabarebe further revealed to the graduates what they should expect in terms of new responsibilities in their military career. “In the years ahead, most of you will be promoted to positions of higher responsibility where you will be required to uphold high standards of professional integrity and discipline as you discharge your duties. You will be required as commanders, to be bold and accountable in order to be able to make difficult choices in a changing environment. I therefore urge you to go beyond the ordinary way of doing things and have the necessary drive required to take Africa to next level”, Gen Kabarebe said.
As this year graduating ceremony coincided with the RDF CSC 5th anniversary, Gen Kabarebe took the opportunity to commend the College’s achievements. "The RDF CSC has demonstrated its capacity, readiness and willingness to be part of national solutions and to contribute to our common development and destiny, and to defend our freedom and dignity. I have no doubt that the College will continue to deliver the desired results in line with the strategic guidance of our Commander-in- Chief, HE Paul Kagame, the President of the Republic of Rwanda, which seeks to create a better Rwanda for our people and Africa”, he underlined.
In his remarks, the UR Vice Chancellor, Professor Phillip Cotton, congratulated those who have met the University requirements for the awarded degrees, noting that they have become and they are most welcome among to the big UR Alumni family.
The RDF CSC Commandant, Maj Gen JB Kazura underlined on his side the College’s significant achievements in its five years of existence. Some of those achievements include the graduation of 228 from Senior Command and Staff Courses including 47 allied students, as well as 323 officers that graduated from 9 intakes of Junior and Command and Staff Course.
The 46 Senior Officers SCSC5 Graduates who were awarded the PSC certificate, include 29 from RDF and RNP ( 27 and 2 respectively). 17 others come from Allied Armed Forces, namely; Ethiopia (2), Ghana (1), Kenya (2), Malawi (2), Nigeria (1), Senegal (1), South Sudan (2), Tanzania (2),Uganda (2) and Zambia (2).