‘Promises to keep and miles to go,’ a book that recounts painstakingly Lt. General (Rtd) Humphrey Njoroge’s life hurdles as a normal child , rising to the highest KDF position as the Commandant National Defence College, was launched by Chief of Defence Forces at the National Defence College Karen.
The event commenced with a words of prayer and the current Commandant National Defence College, Lt. General Albert Kendagor welcoming the visiting dignitaries at the Defence College pointing out that the School was previledged to host the launch of the book.
Highlighting a brief chronology of the book, Major General( Rtd) Geofrey Okanga informed members that had gathered that the book details accounts of early life of the retired Lt General and his 39 years of experience of service as the eleventh 3 star general in the military.
A thoroughly balanced book about a wide range of considerations on subjects of quests for tenacity , commitment and optimism in the face of difficult colonial environment.
The book reminisces forceful relocation of his grandfather from their ancestral land, his upringing from parents offering cheap labour to white settlers and his determination to attend school with a view to learn english and secure a better life.
The book story line is offered in the prayer that it will inspire future generations to rise from humble beginnings to the high calling of life and to the larger community to demonstrate that academic performance in schools is crucial for leaders.
Speaking during the launch, Chief of Defence Forces, General Robert Kibochi, noted that life struggles of Lt. General Njoroge highlights the painful reality of colonialism.
It provides a glimpse of the struggles for self determination pitting african maumau against British forces for dignity and sovereignity. He at the same time challenged both serving and retired generals to tell their stories through writing, noting that there is depth of knowledge and experience amongst them.
Lt. General Njoroge thanked his proffessors for their critical roles in the accomplishment of book and his family for moral support.
The event was attended by retired Chiefs of Defence forces, both serving and retired generals and senior officers.