Gen Nyamvumba urges African Senior Army Officers to help make continent peaceful

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Rwanda Defense Force Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) Gen Patrick Nyamvumba has urged Senior Army Officers from different countries of Africa who completed a Senior Command and Staff Course in Rwanda to make Africa peaceful and a better place to live.

“As you depart, go and convincingly use that knowledge to contribute in whichever way you can and in the best possible manner to make Africa peaceful, strong, prosperous and a better place to live,” Nyamvumba said.

He was on Friday presiding over a graduation ceremony for 47 Senior Officers from Rwanda and nine other African countries after completing one-year Senior Command and Staff at the Rwanda Defense Force Command and Staff College in Musanze district, Northern Province.

“I believe that your studies here have equipped you with the necessary analytical, planning and communication skills to enable you make the transition from tactical to operational and strategic focus and to deal with complex security challenges,’’ he added.

Nyamvumba encouraged the officers to share experience and insight in various approaches to overcome security challenges at national, regional, continental and at global level.

The officers undertook training in analytical and communication skills, personal and collective values, as well as professional military knowledge designed to help them in their future command and leadership management responsibilities, according to a statement from Rwandan ministry of defense.

The graduates of the seventh intake were awarded with the symbol ‘Passed Staff College’ certificate and among them 30 also were awarded a Master of Arts degree in Security studies by the National University of Rwanda, the statement said.

They were of the rank of Major and Lieutenant Colonel from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, according to the statement.

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