Authoritative sources within government indicate President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government has settled on Major General Jackson Ndung’u Waweru as the country’s next Chief of Defence Forces to replace Gen. Julius Waweru Karangi whose age is passed military service.
Karangi, who has been the military face of the civilian Uhuru regime, has exhausted his years of service and will, should the President so desires, end his contract with military this month.
However, sceptics doubt if he will retire from government, with sources claiming he is likely to be appointed the Defence Minister, or as the first National Security Advisor, a position same as that of a cabinet secretary and whose holder sits in cabinet meetings.
“According to the Tonje rules he is supposed to serve for four years or when he attains the age of sixty four”, KDF spokesman Col Obonyo told the Star.
“The CDF was appointed on July 30, 2011 and was to exit in July 2015. However, he will be 64 on April 28, 2015. As far as the KDF Act is concerned, the CDF should retire in April. Military regulations demand that this happens but it depends on the Commander in Chief who chooses whether to extend or appoint another person,” Obonyo added.
It had been widely expected that Army Commander Gen. Joseph Kasaon would automatically take over considering the outgoing Karangi had been from the Air force, and his predecessor, Gen Kianga, had been from the Navy, but the picking of Gen. J.N Waweru will now see another Airforce man take over in quick succession.