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New CDF received at Defence Headquarters in an elaborate Change of Guard ceremony

General Charles Kahariri is the 12th Chief of Defence Forces

Chief of Defence Forces General Charles Kahariri

General Charles Muriu Kahariri, the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), has been received at the Defence Headquarters, Nairobi, in an elaborate yet unprecedented Change of Guard ceremony.

The event comes days after the President of the Republic of Kenya, and Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces presided over the investiture of ranks and swearing in of newly promoted and appointed Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) General Officers at State House, Nairobi on Friday, 03 May 2024.

General Kahariri is the 12th Chief of Defence Forces, taking over from General Francis Ogolla, who passed on following a tragic aircraft accident in Sindar Village, Elgeyo Marakwet County on Thursday, 18th April 2024.

The ceremony was held under customary military traditions in which the incoming CDF inspected a Guard of Honour mounted by Kenya Air Force troops; followed by a command flag handover ceremony after inspecting the old and new guard troops in line mounted by soldiers from the Tri Serve.

Present during the event were the Vice Chief of Defence Forces (VCDF) Lieutenant General John Omenda, Service Commanders, Lt Gen David Tarus Maj Gen Fatuma Ahmed and Maj Gen Paul Otieno, the Principal Secretary Patrick Mariru, the Commandant NDC Lt Gen Juma Mwinyikai General Officers at the Defence Headquarters, Senior military and civilian Officers, Officers and a Service Members led by the Defence Forces Sergeant Major WOI Elijah Koranga and the Service Sergeant Majors from the three services.

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