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Ruto officially replaces Gen Ogolla & reshuffles top military bosses

President William Ruto has announced a series of high-level promotions and appointments within the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF).

President William Ruto with late Chief of Defence Forces Francis Ogolla (right) and General Charles Kahariri on March 9, 2024

This move, effective from May 2, 2024, is aimed at bolstering the military’s capability and efficiency, as confirmed by the Ministry of Defence.

President Ruto, who also serves as the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces, has promoted Lieutenant General Charles Muriu Kahariri to the prestigious rank of General and appointed him as the Chief of the Defence Forces.

General Kahariri officially steps in to fill the vacancy left by the late former CDF General Francis Ogolla.


Additionally, Major General John Mugaraival Omonda has been elevated to the rank of Lieutenant General and now serves as the Vice Chief of the Defence Forces.

This change follows his successful tenure as the Kenya Air Force Commander, showcasing his broad experience and leadership in military operations.

The president has also posted Major General Fatuma Gaiti Ahmed to lead the Kenya Air Force and appointed her as Commander. She is Kenya's first female major general.


The reshuffling extends to Major General Paul Owuor Otieno, who has been posted to the Kenya Navy and appointed as its Commander.

Major General Thomas Njoroge Ng'ang’a has been tasked with a new role at the National Defence University, appointed as Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration and Finance, while Brigadier Peter Nyamu Gitihinji has been promoted to Major General and now oversees the Air National Defence College as Senior Directing Staff.


Additionally, Brigadier Jattani Kampare Gula and Brigadier George Okumu have both been promoted to Major General. Brigadier Gula will take over as the Managing Director of the Kenya Meat Commission, and Brigadier Okumu will lead the Kenya Ordnance Factories Corporation and Food Processing Factory.

Brigadier Samuel Kosgei Kipkorir has been appointed as the Deputy Commander of the Kenya Air Force.

These sweeping changes, recommended by the Defence Council chaired by Hon. Aden Bare Duale, the Cabinet Secretary for Defence, are part of a deliberate strategy to optimise leadership within the Kenya Defence Forces and enhance the nation's defence readiness.


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