President Kagame inspects the parade as Pass Out Ceremony begins – Gako, 19 November 2012
The newly Commissioned officers included those from Uganda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania who trained for one year alongside their Rwandan counterparts in the spirit of regional integration and cooperation.
In his commissioning speech, upon congratulating them, President Kagame reminded the cadet officers that leadership comes with responsibility and that Rwandans would be looking up to them for protection, leadership and inspiration.
“Today marks an important milestone in your life; you are now officers and leaders who will lead troops at Rwanda Defence Force level or at multilateral level, in peace or war. At all levels you will need to demonstrate a high level of integrity and professional behavior. The people of Rwanda expect you to combine values of courage, honor and discipline. This is the first of your challenges as Rwanda Defence Forces officers.”
President Kagame pointed out that testimony to the presence of officers from sister nations was testimony to the weight that East African nations give to regional integration and urged the officer cadets work towards building their country and continent, beginning with the East African Community.