Lt Gen  Charles Kahariri Appointed New Kenya Chief of Defence Forces

General Charles Muriu Kahariri has ascended to the esteemed position of Chief Defence Forces, marking a significant milestone in his career. This elevation follows the unfortunate passing of his predecessor, General Francis Ogolla, in a tragic helicopter accident.

Simultaneously, Major General John Omenda, previously the Kenya Air Force commander, has been promoted to the role of Vice Chief of Defence Forces, demonstrating his exemplary leadership and commitment to service.

The Kenya Air Force sees a notable transition as Major General Fatuma Ahmed assumes command, succeeding Major General Omenda. Her wealth of experience, particularly as a senior Directing Staff Air at the National Defence College, positions her well for this new role.

These appointments were decided upon during a Defense Council meeting presided over by Defense Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale. General Kahariri’s journey to this pinnacle role includes serving as the deputy commander of the Kenya Navy before his elevation and transfer to the defense college.

In a strategic move to ensure regional representation, Paul Otieno, previously Managing Director of Kenya Shipyards Limited, now leads the Kenya Navy. He succeeds Major General Thomas Nganga, whose brief tenure concludes as he assumes the role of Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance at the National Defence University.

Further reinforcing the leadership cadre, Brigadier Peter Githinji and Brigadier George Okumu have both been promoted to the rank of Major General. Brigadier Githinji’s appointment as a senior directing staff member at the National Defence College underscores his expertise, while Brigadier Okumu takes charge as the Managing Director of the Kenya Ordinance Factories Corporation and Food Processing Factory, showcasing his capabilities.

Lastly, Brigadier Samuel Kipkorir assumes the role of Deputy Commander of the Kenya Air Force, rounding out the leadership changes with his wealth of experience and strategic insight.