7KR led by Colour officer Lieutenant F M Mwatsui matches off the Colour.
The 7th Kenya Rifles Battalion (7KR) on Tuesday 13th September 2016 officially replaced the Presidential Colour, at a colourful ceremony held at the Lang’ata Barracks Nairobi.
In stylistic military performance, the old Colour finally took a bow and headed for the archives, with the new one taking charge, as hundreds of 7th Kenya Rifles officers, Service Members and their families watched in jubilation.
Speaking while presiding over the gala, Commander 4th Brigade Brigadier J N Mwamburi thanked the Battalion’s soldiers for their dedication to military duty, and for taking pride in both their Presidential and Regimental colours. He thanked the Defence Headquarters led by the Chief of Defence Forces, The Kenya Army Commander and the Logistics Department for enabling the event, which he termed as a milestone for the Battalion. He praised the outgoing Colour terming it as rich in history that would forever remain in the military’s archives. At the same time, Brigadier Mwamburi challenged the soldiers to keep working hard, and giving it their best, in performing their roles in the military, and in particular in fighting for the peace of Kenya. He also challenged the parade to continue displaying excellent skills, as the unit continues gracing national occasions.
Commanding Officer 7th Kenya Rifles Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel G M Bebora also appreciated all those who participated in ensuring the success of the event. He also described the day as one that would remain in the history books for ever.
7th Battalion Kenya Rifles was established on 1st September 1968 and was presented with its initial Colours (both Presidential and Regimental) in 1969. The Presidential Colour was consecrated, presented and trooped during the 1969 Madaraka Day celebrations. The Colour had since its presentation to the unit been used in numerous Presidential parades that the Unit had undertaken over the 47 years of its existence. This inevitably led to deterioration of its quality, due to wear and tear, which necessitated the acquisition of a new one.
The occasion was graced by, Colonel in charge of Personnel Kenya Army, Colonel Gula, Deputy Commander 4th Brigade Colonel J Lesaiyo, other military officers, Defence Forces Sergeant Major Warrant Officer I J Muthoka, Kenya Army Sergeant Major Warrant Officer I William Ogutu, Kenya Air Force Sergeant Major Warrant Officer I Dennis Talengo, Kenya Defence Forces Service among others.
Military Clergy bless the new 7KR Colour.
Commanding Officer 7KR Lieutenant Colonel G M Bebora hands over the new 7KR Presidential Colour to the Colour Officer Lieutenant F M Mwatsui.
The new 7KR Presidential Colour.
Commander 4th Brigade Brigadier J N Mwamburi address 7KR Officers and Service members at the ceremony.