New Kenya Army Commander Robert Kibochi sworn in

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe (left) and newly sworn-in Kenya Army Commander Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi after the ceremony at State House, Nairobi, September 22, 2016. /PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta with Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe (left) and newly sworn-in Kenya Army Commander Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi after the ceremony at State House, Nairobi, September 22, 2016. /PSCU

Newly appointed Kenya Army Commander, Lietutenant General Robert Kibochi, was sworn in at State House in Nairobi on Thursday.

Kibochi was promoted

in July

to the rank of Lieutenant General and appointed the Kenya Army commander replacing

Lt-Gen Leonard Ngondi.

Ngondi who was posted to the National Defence College as commandant.

President Uhuru Kenyatta

witnessed the

ceremony that was conducted by Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua.

Uhuru congratulated Kibochi on his appointment and asked him to "continue

in that well-treaded path of commitment and dedicated service to the nation".

He also asked him to support the men and women he will lead.

“As you start your new position, count on our support, commitment and the fact that every single Kenyan appreciates what the Kenya Defence Forces does to keep the country safe every single day," he said.

The President also commended the troops on their professionalism and service to the nation, especially in the fight against terrorism and in keeping peace

across the continent.

He assured KDF of full support and urged them to continue in their efforts to secure the country, saying there cannot be prosperity without security and stability.

“As a country, we are proud of you. As a nation, we continue to encourage you and as an administration, I give you my word that we shall continue to give support to enable you perform your duties,” he said.

Present were Defence CS Raychelle Omamo,

Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberia,

Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe and other senior government officials.