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Kenyatta promotes current, former aides-de-camp in new KDF appointments

President Uhuru Kenyatta named his former ADC as Commander of the Kenya Army, among 21 other appointments and promotions.

President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta has rewarded his aide-de-camp, Colonel Timothy Stelu Lekolol, in a raft of promotions and appointments made on Wednesday.

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

A brigadier is the fourth highest rank in the military after General, Lieutenant General and Major General.

Brigadier Lekolol was appointed as Uhuru’s ADC in 2018 and became the first navy officer to serve in that capacity.

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.

Col William Kamoiro is now a Brigadier and has also been appointed Commander Second Brigade.

Col Ahmed Mohamed Saman has been promoted to Brigadier and appointed Commander Special Operations Brigade.

Others include: Col. Joel Muriungi M’Arimi promoted to Brigadier and appointed Commandant of the Recruits Training School.

Col. Joseph Doughlas Mokwena was promoted to Brigadier and appointed Chief of System at Defence Headquarters.

Col. David Kiprotich Chesire was promoted to Brigadier and appointed Commander 8 Brigade.

Col. Alice Muringo Mate was promoted to Brigadier and remains in the Legal Branch at Defence Headquarters.

Col. (Dr) David Kimeli Chepsiror was promoted to Brigadier and appointed Chief Medical Officer, Isiolo Regional Hospital.

Col. Charles Ndirangu Mathenge was promoted to Brigadier and appointed Managing Director, Defence Forces Food Processing Factory.

Similarly Kenya Air Force Brig Benard Waliaula is now a Major General and a has been appointed Director of Defence National Security Industries.

Col. Mohammed Salah Farah has also been promoted to Brigadier and appointed Base Commander, Laikipia Air Base.

Col. Mohamed Dahir Ali has been promoted to Brigadier and appointed Principal, Defence Forces Technical College.

Others include; Col. (Dr) Justino Mutisya Muinde, promoted to Brigadier and appointed Chief Medical Officer, Eldoret Regional Hospital.

Col. Apollo Ogola Aloka was promoted to Brigadier and appointed Senior Directing Staff Air, National Defence College.

Col. Hillary Biwott Kipkosgey was promoted to Brigadier and appointed Director, Kenya Space Agency.

Col. Ziporah Kalondu Kioko, promoted to Brigadier and appointed Chief of Strategic Communication, at the Defence Headquarters.

And Kenya Navy Col. John Wekesa Khaoya is now a Brigadier and has been appointed Chief of Welfare and Compensation at the Defence Headquarters.

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