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The NDC is sponsored by the Kenya Defense Force and is charged with the responsibility of developing and improving the intellectual capacity of senior military and government officials on broader dimensions of security issues in order to think globally but acting nationally.
This is based on the understanding that national security is no longer viewed through military lenses, but has expanded to a multi-dimensional facet in meaning.
According to Lt Gen J N Waweru, the NDC is affiliated to the University of Nairobi and that among the participants 15 were enrolled in Masters, 17 were working on Diplomas and 9 were undertaking certificate courses. The participants have acquired necessary decision making skills after they completed 48-week curriculum.
Hon. Rachael Omamo, Kenya’s Minster of Defense also emphasized the importance of the course by mentioning some of the high ranking government officials who are alumni of the NDC. She cited example of Kenya and the important position the NDC graduates held in the government.
She said that Africa is faced with many challenges that need strategic thinkers and intellectual minded people to tackle. She cited lack of peace and harmony in African countries as one of the challenges that needed to be resolved through such approaches.
She thanked the friendly countries that have sent and maintained their participants in the college. “This has enabled our staff in the college to carry out their duties effectively to impart skills and knowledge to the participants,” she added.
Hon Omamo commended the increase in the number of female participants saying that, “the number of female participants has increased fairly than in other batches” and encouraged all the friendly countries to consider gender balance when selecting the participants.
Among the participants witnessed the graduation were ambassadors from different African countries and members of diplomatic corps.
South Sudan was presented by Amb. Majok Guandong and Maj.Gen. Juac Dau Diing, among others. Madam Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, Advisor to the President of the Republic of South Sudan on Human Rights and Gender was also present.