Outgoing Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe has arrived at the Kenya Army Headquarters, Nairobi to bid the Kenya Army Personnel farewell.
General Mwathethe is also expected to hand over to Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) designate General Robert Kibochi in an event to usher him in his new appointment.General Mwathethe on arrival was received by Army Commander Lieutenant General Walter Raria.The event also marks the end of the tenure of General Samson Mwathethe, who served for one term (4 years) plus an additional year that was extended by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The KDF rules allow one to serve for one term of 4 years only, but the President is allowed, at his discretion, to extend the term for a year or two.The Number One Board, the organ that decides changes in the appointment and promotion of senior military and possible retirement or extension of contracts of the Kenya Army, Kenya Navy and Kenya Air Force commanders, proposes the next in command for the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces to appoint.The day will start with a review of a guard of honour for the two generals, the outgoing and the new one. This will mark the first and the last guard of honour for both generals.
Then, there will be a handover of the KDF flag.Present among other dignitaries are CS Defence, Dr Monicah Juma, Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, Attorney-General Paul Kihara and Defence PS Macharia Kamau.