President Uhuru Kenyatta has presided over the swearing-in of the Kenya Army Commander Lt-Gen Robert Kariuki Kibochi. The new Army Commander was appointed to the position in July, 2016 by President Kenyatta, who is the Commander-in-chief of the Kenya Defence Forces (CDF).
Until his appointment, Lt-Gen Kibochi was the assistant Chief of Defence Forces in charge of operations, doctrine and training at military headquarters. He replaced Lt-Gen Leonard Ngondi, who was posted to the National Defence College as Commandant. The new Army Commander’s deputy will be Maj-Gen Walter Koipaton, who was promoted from the rank of brigadier.
During the Army changes mid-this year, Lt-Gen Johnson Ondieki, who was a Major-General and deputy Army Commander was posted to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
President Uhuru Kenyatta presiding over the swearing-in ceremony of Kenya Army Commander Lt Gen Robert K. Kibochi.
Maj-Gen George Owino, who was the Commandant of the Kenya Military Academy, was handed more responsibilities and named the officer in charge of the Western Command.
In other changes, Maj-Gen Adan Mulata became the vice CDF in charge of operations, training and doctrine after he was promoted from the rank of brigadier. Brigadier Thomas Chepkuto was promoted to the position of Major-General and placed in charge of special projects.
Ms Joyce Sitienei was appointed the Colonel in charge of Plans and Programs at the International Peace Support Training Centre.
A new Kenya Defence Forces spokesman Lt Col Paul Njuguna was also appointed in July, replacing Col David Obonyo who was sent to Tanzania for further studies.
Lt Col Njuguna worked under Col Obonyo and had served as the Amisom Spokesman in Somalia until late last year.