Kagame commissions over 700 RDF cadet officers

On 26 April 2021 at 12:56

President Paul Kagame and Commander-in-Chief of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) today commissioned 721 new officers at the Rwanda Military Academy - Gako, in Bugesera District.

Commissioned officers have been promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant.

The ceremony was held in compliance with COVID-19 preventive measures.

The first group consists of 209 commissioned officers who combined military training and university studies in Social and Military Sciences, Medicine, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

The second includes 506 enrolled in one year program of whom 347 were in-service soldiers while 159 were civilians before joining the military training.

The third group is comprised of 6 officers who completed military training from partner-countries including Belgium, Kenya and Sri Lanka.

The Commandant of Rwanda Military Academy – Gako, Maj. Gen. Innocent Kabandana has said that it was an exhausting journey that some of them didn’t complete due to various reasons.

“The journey these students went through was not easy. 62 of recruits didn’t complete courses due to various reasons including indiscipline, physical, mental performance and sickness,” he said.

President Kagame has requested new officers to always remember that their main duty is to serve Rwandans that it is a heavy responsibility that should be given much relevance for RDF to continue rebuilding and contributing where necessary.

He commended the academy, for continuous efforts to equip recruits with required skills.

“Those who stand chance to study and get trained here should properly use acquired skills and help the school to grow further,” he said.

The pass-out ceremony took place in Bugesera district. Commissioned officers have been promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant.