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General Kahariri sworn in as the new Chief of Defence

By Antynet Ford

General Charles Kahariri Muriu has today been sworn in as the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) in an event presided over by President William Ruto at State House, Nairobi.

Kahariri, who takes over from the late Francis Ogolla has pledged to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution as he discharges his duties.

“I will diligently serve the people and the republic without fear, favour, bias, affection, ill-will, prejudice, or any political, religious or other influence.” Kahariri said.

The president also swore in John Mugaravai Ornenda as the Vice Chief of the Defence Forces.

Major General Fatuma Gaiti Ahmed, who is the new Kenya Air Force Commander also took an oath of office as Major General Paul Owuor Otieno was also sworn in as the commander of the Kenya Navy.

President Ruto has called on the KDF’s top brass to discharge their mandate diligently, describing it as a solemn responsibility as he pledged his support and goodwill.

“You have taken charge of the leadership of the KDF. The appointment that has been bestowed on you is to serve the republic and the people of Kenya. You must remember that exercising authority comes with responsibility and accountability.” He said.

President William Ruto promoted Kahariri to the rank of General and appointed him the new Chief of the Defence Forces yesterday.

General Kahariri’s appointment comes two weeks after General Francis Ogolla died in a copter crash alongside nine other military officers.

The CDF position is occupied on a rotational basis (Tonje rules) by generals within the three military formations which include the Kenya Army, the Kenya Airforce and the Kenya Navy.

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