, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 15 – President Mwai Kibaki today at State House, Nairobi, witnessed the swearing-in of the new Chief of Defense Forces (CDF), his deputy and service Commanders.
The ceremony, also witnessed by the Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, the Minister of Defense Yusuf Haji and the outgoing CDF Gen. Jeremiah Kianga, was conducted by the Head of Public Service and Secretary to Cabinet Amb Francis Muthaura.
Those sworn in included General Julius Karangi CDF, his deputy Lt.Gen Samson Mwathethe, Lt. Gen Joseph Kasaon Army Commander, Maj-Gen. Ngewa Mukala Navy Commander, and Maj. Gen J. Otieno Air Force Commander.
General Karangi replaces Gen. Kianga who is due to retire at the end of August on completion of his tenure of office.
Congratulating the senior military officers on their new appointments, President Kibaki thanked the Kenya defense forces for their discipline and distinguished service to the nation and during international missions.
The Head of State urged the senior military officers to uphold the traditional professionalism that Kenya’s defense forces are renowned for worldwide.
The President expressed confidence that the newly appointed military Generals were equal to the task as they embarked on serving the nation in their new capacities.
The colourful ceremony was attended by the spouses of the newly appointed military Generals and senior government officials.