Kenyan leader appoints new army commander amid military changes
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Lt. General Peter Njiru as the country’s new army commander.
The Kenya Defense Force said Njiru was promoted as “Lieutenant-General Walter Koipaton is retiring at the end of a four-year tour of duty”.
He said Kenyatta had decided on various changes in the army including the promotion of his aide-de-camp, Timothy Stelu, from colonel to brigadier as the president prepares to leave office in three weeks. He also promoted army officials in changes to the navy, air force and army.
Koipatonis was appointed commander of the army on July 13, 2018.
He was drafted into the army as an officer cadet on May 14, 1982 and was commissioned on April 14, 1983.
After completing his training, he was posted to the 3rd Kenya Rifles as a Platoon Commander and held various positions including Commanding Officer and later Commanding Officer.
The army is working with regional forces to bring peace to Somalia where al-Shabaab terrorists are wreaking havoc and killing civilians.
The Kenyan army entered Somalia on October 14, 2011 to fight Al-Qaeda, which is affiliated with al-Shabab in Somalia, which poses a security problem in Kenya and the region, threatening national security and interest. of Kenya.
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