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Kenya: New Air Force Chief named in major military changes


Thursday July 31, 2014 

Maj. Gen Joff Otieno (C) standing and other military brass witnessing President Uhuru sign a document

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NAIROBI, Kenya,  July 30 – Samuel Ng’ang’a Thuita has been promoted from Brigadier to Major General, and has been appointed Kenya Air Force Commander.

Major General Joff Otieno who served as KAF Commander has retired, according to the changes announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta on the advice of the Defence Council under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary for Defence Raychelle Omamo.

Brigadier Francis Omondi Ogolla has been appointed Deputy Commander, Kenya Air Force.

Other changes include the appointment of Major General Jonathan Kipkemboi Rono as Deputy Force Commander African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Major General Samuel Wesonga Nandwa has on the other hand been appointed Assistant Chief of Defence Forces – Personnel and Logistics Defence Headquarters.

Brigadier Antony Mukundi Ngere is now the General Officer Commanding Western Command.

Brigadier Benjamin Biwott has been named General Officer Commanding Eastern Command.

Brigadier Jossiah Mrashui will now serve as Chief Strategic Plans & Policy Defence Headquarters.

Brigadier Christopher Riugu Imanene is now the Chief of Logistics Defence Headquarters.

Brigadier Robert Kariuki Kibochi has been promoted to Major General and appointed Assistant Chief of Defence Forces Operations, Doctrine and Training Defence Headquarters.

Brigadier George Owino has also been promoted to Major General and appointed Commandant of the Defence Staff College.

Also promoted from Colonel is Joseph Mutwii Kivunzi to Brigadier and appointed SDS Army National Defence College.

Colonel Thomas Chepkuto has been promoted to Brigadier and appointed Commandant Joint Warfare Centre (JWC).

Colonel Isaac Muchendu has been promoted to Brigadier and appointed Chief of Personnel Headquarters, Kenya Army.

Others promoted are Colonel David Azangu Ngaira to Brigadier and appointed Commander Engineer Brigade; Colonel John Kibaso Warioba who has been promoted to Brigadier and appointed Commander 2 Brigade.

The changes also include the promotion of Colonel John Mwangi to Brigadier and appointment as Commander Artillery Brigade.

Colonel Mohamed Abdalla Badi has been elevated to a Brigadier and appointed Base Commander Moi Air Base.

Colonel Eric Kinuthia is also now a Brigadier and has been appointed Base Commander Laikipia Air Base.

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