NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 30 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has promoted Lt. Gen. Robert Kibochi to take over from General Samson Mwathere who will retire on May 11.
The changes were announced late Thursday by State House.
In the changes, State House said President Kenyatta had promoted Major General Levi Mghalu to Lt. General and Brigadier Jimson Mutai to Major General.
“Further to these promotions and in line with the recommendation by the Defence Council, I have today made the following appointments:- Gen. Robert Kibochi to Chief of Defence Forces designate; Lt. Gen. Levi Mghalu to Vice Chief of Defence Forces designate; and Maj. Gen. Jimson Mutai to Commander of the Kenya Navy designate,” a statement from State House said.
All the changes will take effect on May 11, when General Mwathethe will retire.
Addressing the top military brass at State House, Nairobi, President Kenyatta praised Mwathethe for exemplary work during his tenure.
“Since your appointment as the Chief of Defence Forces five years ago (May 2015), we have seen significant expansion in our military and enviable improvement in the defense capability of our forces; thus giving Kenyans confidence that their borders are well protected from any external aggression,” the President said.
He cited the Blue Economy as one of Mwathethe’s major achievements, having been the Chairman of the Implementation Standing Committee.
The Committee, the President said, has made substantive progress in re-establishing the Kenya National Shipping Line, as part of the Blue Economy Programme.
“Once fully completed and operational, this will, indeed, enable us, as a country, exploit the potential we have in the blue economy, and consequently create thousands of jobs for our young men and women. It is my hope that you and I will continue collaborate in this effort,” the president said.