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General Kibochi set to graduate from KU with a doctorate degree

General Kibochi has been studying for his PhD for five years.

Chief of the Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi will be among the graduands set to graduate from Kenyatta University on Friday, July 22. General Kibochi will become the first sitting Chief of Defence Forces to earn a Doctorate Degree.

Chief of the Defence Forces, General Robert Kibochi, will be among the graduands of Kenyatta University on Friday, July 22, 2022. He will become the first sitting Chief of Defence Forces to earn a Doctorate Degree.

General Kibochi, who was conferred with the Doctorate Degree from the institution, revealed that during the study of Philosophy, he focused primarily on the stabilisation of the East African region and the consolidation of collective security institutions.

While announcing his pending graduation, General Kibochi dedicated his Doctorate Degree to his family and colleagues who he also thanked for supporting him along the way.

"For this (graduation) I am grateful to God and everyone who offered me support throughout the journey. I want to single out my family and colleagues for their moral support through the five year journey," he said.


General Kibochi further expressed how long and tough the journey has been but reiterated he was dedicated throughout the entire process, despite how demanding his role is.

"The journey has been long and demanding due to the nature of my work. However, I was able to create time to cover a very wide and complex study. Hopefully my efforts will motivate the young leaders towards expounding their knowledge," he concluded.


General Kibochi's graduation just comes a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta conducted a raft of promotions and appointments in the Kenya Defence Forces.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Defence, President Kenyatta’s aide-de-camp Colonel Timothy Stelu Lekolol has been promoted from Colonel to Brigadier but will remain as his ADC.

President Kenyatta also promoted his former ADC Major General Peter Mbogo Njiru to Lieutenant General and appointed him as Commander Kenya Army, while Lt. Gen. Walter Koipaton retires on completion of four years tour of duty.

Brig. David Kimaiyo Chemwaina Tarus was promoted to Major General and appointed the General Officer Commanding Western Command.


Brig. Juma Shee Mwinyikai has been promoted to Major General and appointed General Officer Commanding Eastern Command.

Brig. Fredrick Leuria has been promoted to Major General and appointed Assistant Chief of Defence Forces in charge of Operations, Plans, Doctrine and Training.

Brig. Mungai Nyaga has risen to the rank of Major General and has been appointed Force Commander East African Community Regional Force for DRC. Among others.


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