President Paul Kagame has today presided over the commissioning of 478 military cadet officers who have been undertaking training for a year in the 6th intake at Rwanda Military Academy in Gako, Bugesera district, Eastern Province.
Commissioned officers have been promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant.
As he officiated at the ceremony, Kagame has reminded new officers to uphold Rwanda Defense Force code of conduct and contribute to the welfare of the nation.
“The profession you have chosen is an important responsibility we expect you to fulfill. The Rwanda Defense Force has a history in which we find the values that guide us in building our country. RDF is not just about military protection. We have a role in transforming this nation, working with and for the people. We must take part in finding solutions to the challenges citizens face,” he said.
Kagame said that Rwanda’s history gives heavier duties to Rwanda’s military and urged new officers to do their best to safeguard the country.
“The training you have received is about building this country and preserving what is built. It is your responsibility to protect the sovereignty of our country but most importantly, our citizens. True sovereignty means the well-being and dignity of our citizens. Protecting our sovereignty means working for the development of every Rwandan and ensuring that no one is left behind,” he said.
Kagame has wished new officers good work and cooperation to better accomplish their responsibilities.