President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Samson J. Mwathethe Chief of Defence Forces to take over from Gen. Julius Waweru Karangi.
“General Dr. Julius Waweru Karangi will commence the handover process starting next week pending retirement as Chief of Defence Forces,” Kenyatta said in a statement.
He said the development was part of the continued alignment of functions in his administration, and in order to enhance service delivery.
“Reflecting democratic values, fidelity to our constitution in regard to the primacy of civilian oversight to the security sector, the Defence Council sat today and agreed on the succession of another set of general staff officer cadre to lead our Defence Forces.”
He said General Dr. Julius Waweru Karangi will retire after more than four decades of distinguished service to our country, the region and humankind.
“I take this opportunity to thank General Karangi for his dedicated service to Kenya that was marked by diligence, great commitment, humility and patriotism.”
He said General Karangi leaves Defence Forces in a much better place both professionally and operationally.
“On the advice of the National Defence Council, I have today promoted Lieutenant-General Samson J. Mwathethe to General and appointed him Chief of Defence Forces-Designate.”
He also appointed Lieutenant-General Joseph K. Kasaon as the Vice Chief of Defence Forces-Designate.
He then promoted Major-General Leonard M. Ngondi to Lieutenant-General and appointed him Kenya Army Commander-Designate.
In government, Kenyatta created a Ministry of Water and Irrigation Services and nominated the Hon. Eugene Wamalwa as the Cabinet Secretary.
“In addition, I have nominated the following personalities to serve in Government; Amb. Dr. Monica Juma, nominee for the position of Secretary to the Cabinet, Retired Major-General Gordon Kihalangwa, nominee for the position of Principal Secretary, Department of Interior, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.”
“I have also appointed Mr. Nzioka Waita as Secretary of Delivery in the Executive Office of the President. I look forward to the National Assembly, in line with its mandate, to vet the nominees as soon as possible.”