General Robert Kariuki Kibochi Sworn in as New KDF Chief at State House

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) during the swearing-in of General Robert Kariuki Kibochi as the new Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces (CDF) at State House Nairobi on May 11, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) during the swearing-in of General Robert Kariuki Kibochi as the new Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces (CDF) at State House Nairobi on May 11, 2020.
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  • The new Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces (CDF) General Robert Kariuki Kibochi was sworn in Monday, May 11, at State House, Nairobi.

    General Kibochi takes over the leadership of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) from General Samson Mwathethe who retired after serving as CDF for five years.

    Previously, General Kibochi, who was accompanied to State House by his wife Tabitha Kariuki, served as the Vice Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces.

    General Robert Kariuki Kibochi swearing in as the new Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces (CDF) at State House on Monday, May 11.
    General Robert Kariuki Kibochi swearing-in as the new Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces (CDF) at State House on Monday, May 11.

    Speaking during the ceremony, President Uhuru Kenyatta commended the KDF for upholding merit and professionalism which he explained had enabled the institution to have a predictable and stable career management system for its officers, servicemen and women.

    “I commend the Cabinet Secretary and the Ministry of Defence team for ensuring a seamless transition. This signals our maturity in governance and a strong belief in the civil transfer of power, as envisaged in our constitution," he stated.

    Saying the established military succession system underscores the value of rules and procedures, the President called on other government institutions to emulate the standard as a best practice.

    The Head of State exuded confidence that with commitment and determination, the new military top brass led by General Kibochi would protect and defend the territorial integrity of Kenya even as the country dealt with modern security challenges and other natural occurrences.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking at the swearing-in of General Kibicho at State House on May 11.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking at the swearing-in of General Kibicho at State House on May 11.
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    “I am confident that you will steer our Defence Forces with steady hands. You take over from General Samson Mwathethe, who has served this nation selflessly, with loyalty and dedication. I expect no less from the incoming team and neither do the citizens of this country.

    “You are taking the mantle of leadership at the KDF at a time when the country, region and the world is confronted by a number of threats and risks. Apart from the terrorist threat that faces us, we are confronting Covid-19, the floods, and the locusts' invasion," the President told the new CDF.

    The Swearingin of General Kibicho as the new Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces (CDF) took place on Monday, May 11.
    The Swearing in of General Kibicho as the new Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces (CDF) took place on Monday, May 11.
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