Kenya's President Jomo Kenyatta was guest of honour at the Kenyan Armed Forces Training College Commissioning Parade at Lanet, near the northern town of Nakuru, on Friday (19 December).
SV Kenyatta greeted by officers and officials of Armed Forces Training College
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SV Kenyatta walking across parade ground to dias, accompanied by officers
SV Lines of uniformed cadets marching
SV Kenyatta taking up position by presentation table
SV Flag flying
SV Kenyatta presents sword to cadet officer, who kisses it twice before turning round to march back to lines
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Background: Kenya's President Jomo Kenyatta was guest of honour at the Kenyan Armed Forces Training College Commissioning Parade at Lanet, near the northern town of Nakuru, on Friday (19 December).
The President, who is also Commander-in-Chief of the Kenyan Army, was welcomed on arrival at Lanet by Major-General J.K. Mulimge, serving Commander of the country's Army and the Training College Commandant, Brigadier J.K. Nzioka, and a number of top-ranking naval, military and air-force personnel.
Before the commissioning ceremony took place, the President inspected a parade of officers and cadets, followed by the Trooping of the Colour by the Armed Forces Band with the Corps of Drums of the Kenyan Rifles Battalion and the Women Service Corps.
He then presented the presidential commission parchments and pilot wings to successful cadets. The overall Sword of Honour went to the Junior Under-Officer Kivunzyo, the best cadet during training.
The Armed Forces Training College dates back in various forms to 1964, when it was known as the Military Training School of East Africa, taking in students from Uganda, Tanzania (then Tanganyika) and Malawi.
While at Lane, President Kenyatta also took the opportunity to open a new games room in the officers' mess.
His appearance at the Training College followed an hour of private talks on the Rhodesian situation with Mr. Joshua Nkomo, leader of one faction of Rhodesia's African National Council.
SYNOPSIS: Kenya's President Jomo Kenyatta was guest of honour at the Kenyan Armed forces Training College Commissioning Parade at Lanet, near Nakuru, on Friday.
The President is also Commander-in-chief of the Kenyan Army and has always taken a great interest in the success of the Training College since its establishment eleven years ago.
Before the Commissioning Parade ... a ceremonial march-past by officers and cadets, followed by the Trooping of the Colour.
The Training College turns out the majority of Kenya's army, naval and air-force officers ... and some from neighbouring Malawi.
The top award of the day -- the overall Sword of Honour -- went to Junior Under-Officer Kivunzyo, assessed by his officers the best cadet of the course.
President Kenyatta later opened a new games room in the officers' mess before returning to the northern State House in Nakuru.