President Uhuru Kenyatta is under pressure to extend the office term of the outgoing Chief of Defense Forces General Samson Mwathethe as another group close to him demands for an immediate replacement of the KDG boss whose term expires today.
Those who are opposing extension of Mwathethe’s term into the office for another one year has already identify Mwathethe’s deputy Robert Kibochi as the next perfect successor.
Mwathethe took over in April 17th, 2016 from Julius Karanga who retired after 40 years in service.
Following push and pull between powerful faces in the statehouse President Uhuru has been left torn between extending Mwathethe’s term, or replace him immediately after the end of his four year term as stipulated in the infamous Tonje Rules.
Former Chief of General Staff Daudi Tonje during his reign formulated a rule that the Chief of Defense Forces be held in a four-year rotational basis among the three disciplines that makes Kenya Defense Forces.
President Kenyatta congratulated Lt. General Kibochi on his appointment as the new Kenya Army Commander