President Uhuru Kenyatta Wednesday made 16 new changes in the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF), on the advice of the Defence Council chaired by Eugene Wamalwa, Cabinet Secretary for Defence.
The changes which take effect immediately include promotions and appointments as advised by the defense council.
Among those promoted is Kenya Army Maj Gen Peter Mbogo Njiru to Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) who has also been appointed Commander Kenya Army, following the retitrement of Lt Gen Walter Koipaton after the completion of four years tour of duty.
Brigadier (Brig) Daivid Kimaiyo Chemwaina Tarus has been promoted to the rank of Major General and appointed General Officer Commanding Western Command.
Brig Juma Shee Mwinyikai is now a Major General and has also been appointed General Officer Commanding Eastern Command while, Brig Fredrick Leuria has been promoted to Major General and appointed Assistant Chief of Defence Forces in charge of Operations, Plans, Doctrine and Training.
Brig Mungai Nyaga has risen to the rank of Major General and has been appointed Force Commander East African Community Regional Force for DRC.
Col William Kamoiro is now a Brigadier and has also been appointed Commander Second Brigade.
Col Ahmed Mohamed Saman has been promoted to Brigadier and appointed Commander Special Operations Brigade.
Others include: Col Joel Muriungi M’Arimi promoted to Brigadier and appointed Commandant of the Recruits Training School.
Col Joseph Doughlas Mokwena promoted to Brigadier and appointed Chief of System at Defence Headquarters.
Col David Kiprotich Chesire promoted to Brigadier and appointed Commander 8 Brigade.
Col Alice Muringo Mate promoted to Brigadier and remains in the Legal Branch at Defence Headquarters.
Col (Dr) David Kimeli Chepsiror promoted to Brigadier and appointed Chief Medical Officer, Isiolo Regional Hospital.
Col Charles Ndirangu Mathenge promoted to Brigadier and appointed Managing Director, Defence Forces Food Processing Factory.
Similarly Kenya Air Force Brig Benard Waliaula is now a Major General and a has been appointed Director Defence National Security Industries.
Col Mohammed Salah Farah has also been promoted to Brigadier and appointed Base Commander, Laikipia Air Base.
Col Mohamed Dahir Ali has been promoted to Brigadier and appointed Principal, Defence Forces Technical College.
Others include; Col (Dr) Justino Mutisya Muinde, promoted to Brigadier and appointed Chief Medical Officer, Eldoret Regional Hospital.
Col Apollo Ogola Aloka, promoted to Brigadier and appointed Senior Directing Staff Air, National Defence College.
Col Hillary Biwott Kipkosgey, promoted to Brigadier and appointed Director Kenya Space Agency.
Col Ziporah Kalondu Kioko, promoted to Brigadier and appointed Chief of Strategic Communication, at the Defence Headquarters.
And Kenya Navy Col John Wekesa Khaoya is now a Brigadier and has been appointed Chief of Welfare and Compensation, at the Defence Headquarters.
Col Timothy Stelu Lekolool promoted to Brigadier and remain ADC to His Excellency the President.
Other changes have also been made across the Kenya Defence Forces in line with the advice of the Defence Council.