After 42 years of service, Major General Samson Mwathethe has received a 17-gun salute as he officially handed over to his successor Robert Kibochi who was earlier serving as the vice CDF. Defence Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma, and the Foreign Affairs Raychelle Omamo are among top ranking government officers present at the ceremony.
The outgoing General Samsom Mwathethe will launch a book calling on use of soft power to defeat Al-Shabaab in his last official act as Chief of Defence Forces. The book is titled War for Peace Kenya’s Military in the African Mission in Somalia, 2012-2020.
The new book highlights about KDF journey after being placed under the command of the UN-sanctioned African Mission in Somalia. When the ceremony is over, the outgoing General will have his last lunch with senior officers at the Officers’ Mess to mark the end of his career.
President, Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated Mwathethe for the role he played in protecting the country’s territory. “Since your appointment as the Chief of Defence Forces five years ago, we have seen significant change in the military and great improvement in the defence. Kenyans have been confident that their borders are well protected from any external aggression.
I together with my fellow Kenyans wishes you the very best in your future endeavours,” President Kenyatta said.