FAREWELL CELEBRATION FOR OUTGOING DANISH DEFENCE ATTACHÉ

On Monday, 29th November 2021, IPSTC Officers and Staff bid Farewell to Colonel Jørn Rasmussen, outgoing Defence Attache to Royal Danish Embassy in Kenya. He served both in the capacity of Military Advisor at the Eastern Africa Standby Force and later as the Defence attache.

The Government of Denmark partnered with IPSTC in 2013. During that period, they supported the institution by facilitating the infrastructure as well as capacity building. 

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In his speech, Col Jørn Rasmussen lauded the efforts by IPSTC to foster peace in the region through the training of thousands. "As a country, supporting the Eastern Region of Africa is important. Therefore, we will continue to support programmes at the International Peace Support Training Centre," he reiterated,

Brigadier Joyce Sitienei, Director IPSTC appreciated Denmark's generosity and strategic leadership over the years. She welcomed the incoming Defence Attache Col Jens Lindvig, expressing the willingness to continue working together.

The ceremony was commemorated by issuing of mementos to Col Rasmussen and a tree planting session.

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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PRACTICE BY COURSE PARTCIPANTS

The KRA Ethics & Management for Effective Leadership course participants today conducted a Corporate Social Responsibility exercise at Blessings Children's Home, Ruai.

The cohort, in partnership with IPSTC and KDF, donated foodstuffs, clothing, and other childcare necessities. The event culminated with a tree planting exercise where participants planted various species of trees among them fruit plants for posterity.

Also in attendance were Lt Col Cheroot, Maj Gitonga, both from Defence Headquarters Training, and Maj Charo the course coordinator.

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DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS LEGAL SERVICES HOSTS A WORKSHOP FOR COURT MARTIAL JUDGE ADVOCATES

On Tuesday, 23rd November 2021, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, Cabinet Secretary for Defence officiated a 2-day workshop for judge advocates from the Judiciary of Kenya taking up Court Martial Duties at the International Peace Support Training Centre. 

The seminar which was presided over by Brigadier Y K Kirui, Chief of Legal Services Defence Headquarters aims at enhancing the advocates' knowledge on the mandate of the court-martial and the military justice system. A total of 12 members of the judiciary, as well as military legal officers, are participating in the workshop to improve understanding on the mandate of the Court Martial.

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During the 2 day period, the 12 advocates will cover the following issues; Importance of Military Discipline, Relationship between Military Discipline/ Command Structure and Rule of Law, Military Justice System and Limitation of Constitutional Rights, Provost Services and Investigation, Service Law whose scope is (KDF Act 2012, Rules & Regulations, Defence Forces Standing Orders/ Instructions).

The Court Martial is mandated to enforce laws as per the Kenya Defence Forces Act 2012. The court-martial which falls under the subordinate courts is semi-autonomous. Judge advocates serving in the court are appointed by the Chief Justice and are responsible for the proper discharge of functions to the Chief Justice.

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