A Kenya army officer cadet from Malawi won the sword-of-honour for the best cadet at a passing-out parade on Wednesday (November 3).
A Kenya army officer cadet from Malawi won the sword-of-honour for the best cadet at a passing-out parade on Wednesday (November 3). He received it from President Jomo Kenyatta, who later told the 22 cadets that "politics and army do not mix". The cadet -- seen receiving his prize in this film -- was among three from Malawi. Also taking part in the passing-out ceremony were new recruits, both men and women.
SYNOPSIS: In Kenya on Wednesday President Jomo Kenyatta attended a passing out parade of officer cadets at the Armed Forces Training College near Nakuru, 90 miles (144 kilometres) northwest of Nairobi, the capital. Among the 22 cadets were three from Malawi.
Seated with the President was Major-General Mulinge, Commander of the Kenyan Army. Before the award-presentation ceremony, the cadets took an oath of loyalty. The sword-of-honour for the best cadet on the course was presented to one of the Malawians, and two cups for the best rifle-shots went to Kenyan cadets.
In a speech President Kenyatta said the Kenyan Government would see that the country's armed forces were provided with the most modern equipment. He also warned that politics and soldiering did not mix. Next to the President was Vice-President Daniel Moi, and also taking part in the passing-out ceremony were men and women recruits.
Following the ceremony the president and his party drove to the firing range, where they watched trained soldiers demonstrating the use of machine-guns.