General Charles Kahariri To Act As New Chief Of Defence Forces

Defence officials are now saying Chief of Defence Forces Lt Gen Charles Muriu Kahariri will now act as Chief of Defence Forces until a substantive appointment is made,

This follows the death of CDF Gen Francis Ogolla in a helicopter crash on Thursday, April 18 in the Sindar area, Kaben location, Tot division, in Elgeyo Marakwet.

Officials said there was no vacuum in the military and Gen Kahariri had sat in as the acting CDF immediately after the tragedy occurred.

According to the officials, will continue until when a substantive General is appointed and named by the President in accordance with the law.

The officials said the Defence Council will meet and deliberate on who will be the next military boss and advise the president on who will make the appointment.

“There is no vacuum. There is a VCDF who will act until a new and substantive CDF is appointed,” said an official aware of the issue.

Retired Gen Daudi Tonje had also told journalists in his Kitale home there is no vacuum in the military in such an incident because there is a VCDF.

“The VCDF will take over for now until when the president announces the substantive holder,” he said.

The Kenya Defence Forces Act says a CDF, his deputy and service commanders shall serve a single term of four years or retire upon attaining the mandatory retirement age.

But the Act also says the President may, on the recommendation of the National Defence Council, extend the CDF’s term for a period not exceeding one year in times of war or emergencies like political uncertainty.

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