Four military bosses in line to succeed Gen Mwathethe

Four lieutenant-generals are in line to succeed Kenya Defence Forces boss General Samsom Mwathethe in an anticipated military shake-up.

The anticipated shake-up, in which the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) still has a chance for a second extension, is likely to affect all service commanders and the Vice Chief of Defence Forces (VCDF), Lt-Gen Robert Kibochi.

If Lt-Gen Kibochi is not appointed CDF, he will have to be retired as he is just a few months away from the retirement age of 61 for lieutenant-generals.

The same fate would befall Lt-Gen Kibochi’s age-mate, Lt-Gen Leonard Ngondi, who is currently serving as Force Commander for the African Union‑United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).