President Paul Kagame and Commander in Chief of the armed forces has today presided over the commissioning of 320 Rwanda Defence Force officers all at the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.
The colorful ceremony attended by government officials and families of the new officers was held at the Rwanda Military Academy – Gako, in Bugesera District.
“I want to thank all of you for choosing this profession. The profession you have chosen is a noble one. It is one of selflessness and dedication to our country, President Kagame said.
Kagame told the officers that the country is theirs to build, hand in hand with citizens, to ensure every Rwandan life is transformed and no one is left behind. The country we want is one of unity and peace.
“This achievement should encourage you to work even harder, to reach even higher in your chosen military profession,” President Kagame told the new officers adding that as their work increases, the officers will be progressing in their career and taking on more and more responsibilities.
The head of state reminded the new officers that they have been prepared and has no doubt that they will be able to live up to what is expected of them.
“You went through challenging times but you know it was to prepare you better. Everything is not always straightforward; some people choose to get in the way of others. But you have been prepared to deal with these issues based on how they come to us,” The President advised.
He said Rwanda had to live peacefully and respectfully with its neighbours and trade with each other. “Peace is never a given,you have to work for it. You have been prepared and I have no doubt that you will be able to live up to what is expected of you.”
Kagame noted that RDF has a unique rich history of working closely with the citizens in order to reach its current achievements and pledges to continue to work together.
He thanked the families of the new officers for supporting their sons and daughters in this journey; “They must be happy to see what you have accomplished.”