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Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton Inspects a Guard of honour at the Headquarters of the Indian Armed Forces in Delhi India

Commander Kenya Army Visit To India

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton Inspects a Guard of honour at the Headquarters of the Indian Armed Forces in Delhi India

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton accompanied by other Senior Army Officers on the 19th November 2019 visited India to discuss issues of mutual interest pertaining Army training, innovation and combat in furtherance of the Memorandum of Understanding on Defence Cooperation.

The one-week visit hosted by the leadership of various India Army’s establishments entailed presentations and discussions including Riffle Training Centres, India College of Military Engineering, National Defence Academy, Armoured Corps School, Mechanised Infantry regimental Centre, Junior Leaders School of Infantry among others.

 Training on explosive ordinance disposal and counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) was identified as key to defeating the current asymmetric threat facing both states. With emphasis on IED mechanisms and neutralization procedures, detection, disposal process and developed infrastructure for post blast investigation. Accordingly, a Kenya – India work force to provide instructors to assist in curricular modernization for Kenya army training instuitions was among the key discussions noting Indian Army’s vast experience in asymmetric warfare and counter terrorism as a result of operations in Jammu, Kashmir and other troubled areas.

In the resent past Kenya – India bilateral relations have been marked by the Indian Army Chairman Chief of staff committee and Chief of Army Staff visit to Kenya in December 2018 and the Assistant Chief of Defence Forces Operations &Training visit in February 2019.

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton during a visit at the India College of Military Engineering.

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton during a visit at the India College of Military Engineering.

Commandant India Armoured Corps Centre and School, Maj Gen N Kaour takes Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton on a guided tour of the School

Commandant India Armoured Corps Centre and School, Maj Gen N Kaour takes Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Raria Koipaton on a guided tour of the School

A group photo of the visiting delegation from Kenya Army and staff of the Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre of the Indian Armed Forces

A group photo of the visiting delegation from Kenya Army and staff of the Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre of the Indian Armed Forces

The Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Walter Raria addressing the participants during the CO’s Seminar at HQ KA Officer Mess, Defence Headquarters, on 12th March 2019.

Enhancing Legality In Command

The Head Quarters Kenya Army (HQ KA) hosted a one-day legal seminar for the Kenya Army Formation Commanders on 12th March 2019.

The seminar under the theme ‘Enhancing Legal awareness for Administration of Military Justice’ was officially opened by the Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Walter Raria. The one day seminar aimed at ensuring Commanding Officers had substantial legal knowledge to deliver justice effectively at the formation level.

During the seminar, the commanders were taken through fundamental changes in service law, some of the major service offences, civil offences, summary of disciplinary proceedings, right of presentation, court martial trials, military prosecutions, internal grievances, complaints by civilians and board of enquiries amongst others.

The seminar brought together Kenya Army Units Commanding Officers, School Commandants, Camp Commandants, Battalion Second in Commands, Camp Adjutants, Admin Officers and Staff Officers in a significant session which was moderated by the HQ KA legal department to enlighten and also remind the KDF leaders on military legal procedures.

During his opening remarks, the Kenya Army Commander Lt Gen Raria acknowledged the huge role of the Kenyan Constitution, the fundamental rights and freedoms, the Defence Forces Act, Defence Forces Standing Orders (DEFSO) and Defence Forces Standing Instructions (DEFSI) in managing all the military legal aspects. He emphasized on the need to have awareness on amendments made from time to time.

The Commander Kenya Army advised the officers to embrace the reading culture especially on legal issues. He also reiterated on the importance periodical Barazas to be in-touch with the soldiers and avoid perennial charges.

Also in attendance was the Kenya Army Chief of Personnel Brigadier (Brig) Henry Ofulah and the 8th Brigade Commander Brig Jeff Nyagah.

The Adjutant Field Intelligence Battalion Captain Brenda Nasiuma making a presentation during CO’s seminar.

The Adjutant Field Intelligence Battalion Captain Brenda Nasiuma making a presentation during CO’s seminar.

HQ KA Colonel Legal Col Julius Mutungi Ngatia addressing the CO’s during the legal seminar.

HQ KA Colonel Legal Col Julius Mutungi Ngatia addressing the CO’s during the legal seminar.

The Signal Battalion CO Lieutenant Colonel Were making a contribution during the seminar.

The Signal Battalion CO Lieutenant Colonel Were making a contribution during the seminar.

Senior Sergeant James Kiprotich, an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Expert sensitizing students of Gig Gir Primary School on Undetonated Explosive Devices (UXOs).

Kenya Army Conducts Explosive Awareness Exercise For Residents Of Samburu County

The Kenya Army Corps of  Artillery and Engineers are about to conclude a six-week sensitization exercise for residents of Samburu County on  UnExploded Ordnances (UXOs).

The sensitization exercises on UXOs and their dangers are ongoing at Larisoro in Samburu County forms the better part of 375 sq km of land  allocated to KDF for training in a gazette notice in 1977.

The sensitization exercise is led by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Eastern Command, Major General Ayub Matiiri. While addressing Larisoro residents, the GOC acknowledged that the training area highly supports the local pastoral-nomadic community with pasture and water for their livestock, which forms the main source of their livelihood.  He added that  the grazing of livestock has necessitated the need to clear the area of undenoated explosives after every training exercise.

“We have been here for the past one and a half months mopping up the area.  We have also conducted a number of sensitization campaigns to the community leaders, school children and general public on how to handle UXOs in the eventuality they encounter any.  I would like to emphasize that once anybody encounters something that he/she suspects to be a UXO, he/she should not disturb it and instead report to the nearest civil authorities for prompt action. The unidentified foreign objects should not be disturbed as they can detonate in the process causing fatalities,” said Maj Gen Matiiri.

The GOC cautioned parents against sending children in the range area to search for the UXOs which they use to make some home-made items like rungus or sell as scrape metal ,given the great risk they pose to human life.

The Sensitization and UXOs Clearance Director, Brigadier Isaac Muchendu, who is also the Commander Artillery Brigade, assured the residents of Samburu and any other part of Kenya where UXOs are identified that the Kenya Army has personnel who are ready and are on standby to handle the situation.

“All the residents need to do is to report the cases to us directly or through the civil authorities near them since our ultimate goal is to render not only Samburu  but Kenya in general, UXO-free and we shall not stop until we are sure we have achieved that objective. “

Brigadier Muchendu thanked the residents for their cooperation during the sensitization exercise and during training period.

The Kenya Army, one of the three arms of the Kenya Defence Forces, targets to rid the whole of Kenya against UXOs. It plans to achieve this through mopping up of training areas, sensitization of locals in training areas and by setting up a standby team to respond to all cases of UXOs.

 

 

Brigadier Isaac Muchendu interacting with locals during the sensitization exercise.

Brigadier Isaac Muchendu interacting with locals during the sensitization exercise.

Larisoro residents present during the sensitization program going through teaching aids offered by Kenya Army sensitizing them on UXOs.

Larisoro residents present during the sensitization program going through teaching aids offered by Kenya Army sensitizing them on UXOs.

Archers Post Sub-location Chief Henry Lenayasa making his remarks during the UXOs sensitization meeting with the locals.

Archers Post Sub-location Chief Henry Lenayasa making his remarks during the UXOs sensitization meeting with the locals.

Commanding Officer Eastern Command Major General Ayub Matiiri giving his wise counsel to the locals during the sensitization exercise.

Commanding Officer Eastern Command Major General Ayub Matiiri giving his wise counsel to the locals during the sensitization exercise.

Kenya Army personnel conducting search of UXOs along the Larisoro Firing Range.

Kenya Army personnel conducting search of UXOs along the Larisoro Firing Range.

Commander Kenya Army

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Lt Gen Robert Kibochi
MGH CBS ‘ndc’ (K) ‘psc’ (UK)

 

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MGH CBS ‘ndc’ (K) ‘psc’ (UK)

Lieutenant General Robert Kariuki Kibochi is the Commander of the Kenya Army following his promotion and appointment on 28 July 2016.

Lt Gen R K Kibochi was enlisted into the Kenya Defence Forces on 18 May 1979 and underwent Officer Cadets Training until 30 March 1980 and commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant and posted to Signals Battalion.

He has held various command and staff appointments including that of Assistant Chief of Defence Forces in charge of Operations, Plans, Doctrine and Training, Chief of Strategic Plans and Policy, Director International Peace Support Training Centre, Col Operations Requirements (CIS) and Commander Corps of Signals. Other appointments held include Chief of Staff at the Eastern Africa Standby Force, SO1 Records HQ KA, SO1 Comms HQ KA, SO1 Mobilization DHQ, SO1 Comms CIS DHQ and SOII Operations and Training at the HQ of the Corps of Signals.

Lt Gen Kibochi has earned Masters Degree of Arts in International Studies, Masters Degree in Computer Based Information Systems, Bachelors of Technology in Communication and Electronics Engineering, and pursuing Ph.d degree in Peace and Conflict Management. His other professional training include National Security Studies at the National Defence College (Kenya). Army Command and Staff Course (UK), Overseas Telecoms Engineering Course (UK), Signal Officers Degree Telecommunications Engineering Course (India), Sub Unit Commanders Course, Platoon Commanders Course, Regimental Signal Officers Course among other training courses.

He served with the United Nations as Commander of Kenyan Contingent in the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) from 2000 – 2001; while his decorations include Moran of the Order of the Golden Heart (MGH) and Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) among others.

Lt Gen Kibochi was born in Nakuru on 15 August 1959. He is married to Tabitha and blessed with four daughters and a grandson.

Sector II Commander Brigadier Shume and Dhobley District commissioner Hassan Mohammed offloads the relief food for the locals.

AMISOM Forces in Dhobley Helps The Needy With Relief Food

Sector II Commander Brigadier Shume and Dhobley District Commissioner Hassan Mohammed offloads the relief food for the locals.

The Kenya Defence Forces soldiers under the umbrella of Africa Mission in Somali (AMISOM) on 19th January 2017 in Dhobley town embarked on a mission to help the needy locals with relief food. The exercise was done in conjunction with the Dhobley local administration who had accepted the good gesture by the Kenyan Contingent.

The Sector II forces in Dhobley have on many occasions provided support to the local communities in their bid to build and strengthen the relationship between its local administration and the Kenyan forces.

AMISOM is in the process of renovating the Dhobley District Hospital. The area administration thanked the AMISOM forces for the kind gesture displayed by their soldiers. “I assure you that we will do everything to support your forces in the fight against the enemy,’ one of the officials said.

AMISOM’s Sector II Commander Brigadier William Shume paid a courtesy call to the Dhobley District Commissioner Hassan Mohamed and thanked the Dhobley administration, further urging them to continue cooperating and supporting the Kenyan Contingent in carrying out their mandate.

He said that Kenya has always cooperated with the Somalia people and will continue helping them on many issues. The officials on the other hand thanked the Sector II Commander for visiting.

Present during the function were Sector II Commanding Officer (CO) Lieutenant Colonel J E Adu, Senior Military Officers, Dhobley District Administration officials and the Kenyan soldiers.

Brigadier Shume distributes food to the locals at Dhobley town in Somalia.

Brigadier Shume distributes food to the locals at Dhobley town in Somalia.

Major O B Aboud addressing locals during the distribution of relief food and radio sets.

Major O B Aboud addressing locals during the distribution of relief food and radio sets.

AMISOM’s Sector II Commander Brigadier William Shume in talks with Dhobley Local Administration during his courtesy call to the Dhobley District commissioner Hassan Mohammed’s office on 19 January 2017, Dhobley Somalia.

AMISOM’s Sector II Commander Brigadier William Shume in talks with Dhobley Local Administration during his courtesy call to the Dhobley District commissioner Hassan Mohammed’s office on 19 January 2017, Dhobley Somalia.

AMISOM’s Sector II Public Information Officer LT Kaunyangi display radio sets distributed to the locals.

AMISOM’s Sector II Public Information Officer Lieutenant Kaunyangi display radio sets distributed to the locals.

Corporal Nahasion Odhiambo helps one of the locals to tune in to AMISOM’s Sector II radio Kalkaal 98.90 FM during the distribution of 150 radio sets to the locals.

Corporal Nahasion Odhiambo helps one of the locals to tune in to AMISOM’s Sector II radio Kalkaal 98.90 FM during the distribution of 150 radio sets to the locals.

Dhobley District Commissioner Hassan Mohammed sharing with Sector II Commander Brigadier Shume and other Senior Officers

Dhobley District Commissioner Hassan Mohammed sharing with Sector II Commander Brigadier Shume and other Senior Officers

 

7KR led by Colour officer Lieutenant F M Mwatsui matches off the Colour.

7TH Kenya Rifles Battalion Welcomes New Presidential Colour

7KR led by Colour officer Lieutenant F M Mwatsui matches off the Colour.

The 7th Kenya Rifles Battalion (7KR) on Tuesday 13th September 2016 officially replaced the Presidential Colour, at a colourful ceremony held at the Lang’ata Barracks Nairobi.

In stylistic military performance, the old Colour finally took a bow and headed for the archives, with the new one taking charge, as hundreds of 7th Kenya Rifles officers, Service Members and their families watched in jubilation.

Speaking while presiding over the gala, Commander 4th Brigade Brigadier J N Mwamburi thanked the Battalion’s soldiers for their dedication to military duty, and for taking pride in both their Presidential and Regimental colours. He thanked the Defence Headquarters led by the Chief of Defence Forces, The Kenya Army Commander and the Logistics Department for enabling the event, which he termed as a milestone for the Battalion. He praised the outgoing Colour terming it as rich in history that would forever remain in the military’s archives. At the same time, Brigadier Mwamburi challenged the soldiers to keep working hard, and giving it their best, in performing their roles in the military, and in particular in fighting for the peace of Kenya. He also challenged the parade to continue displaying excellent skills, as the unit continues gracing national occasions.

Commanding Officer 7th Kenya Rifles Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel G M Bebora also appreciated all those who participated in ensuring the success of the event. He also described the day as one that would remain in the history books for ever.

7th Battalion Kenya Rifles was established on 1st September 1968 and was presented with its initial Colours (both Presidential and Regimental) in 1969. The Presidential Colour was consecrated, presented and trooped during the 1969 Madaraka Day celebrations. The Colour had since its presentation to the unit been used in numerous Presidential parades that the Unit had undertaken over the 47 years of its existence. This inevitably led to deterioration of its quality, due to wear and tear, which necessitated the acquisition of a new one.

The occasion was graced by, Colonel in charge of Personnel Kenya Army, Colonel Gula, Deputy Commander 4th Brigade Colonel J Lesaiyo, other military officers, Defence Forces Sergeant Major Warrant Officer I J Muthoka, Kenya Army Sergeant  Major Warrant Officer I William Ogutu, Kenya Air Force Sergeant Major Warrant Officer I Dennis Talengo, Kenya Defence Forces Service among others.

Military Clergy bless the new 7KR Colour.

Military Clergy bless the new 7KR Colour.

Commanding Officer 7KR Lieutenant Colonel G M Bebora hands over the new 7KR Presidential Colour to the Colour Officer Lieutenant F M Mwatsui.

Commanding Officer 7KR Lieutenant Colonel G M Bebora hands over the new 7KR Presidential Colour to the Colour Officer Lieutenant F M Mwatsui.

The new 7KR Presidential Colour.

The new 7KR Presidential Colour.

Commander 4th Brigade Brigadier J N Mwamburi address 7KR Officers and Service members at the ceremony.

Commander 4th Brigade Brigadier J N Mwamburi address 7KR Officers and Service members at the ceremony.

 

 

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Laying Of Wreath For The Late President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta By Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Kenya Defence Forces religious leaders leading the procession by Ethiopian Prime Minister to the Mausoleum on Thursday 23 June 2016.

Prayer session being conducted by religious leaders from Kenya Defence forces.

Prayer session being conducted by religious leaders from Kenya Defence forces.

Kenya Army Commander Lt Gen L Ngondi salutes in honour of the late first president of Kenya H.E Mzee Jomo Kenyatta alongside Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who went to lay a wreath on Thursday 23 June 2016..

Kenya Army Commander Lt Gen L Ngondi salutes in honour of the late first president of Kenya H.E Mzee Jomo Kenyatta alongside Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who went to lay a wreath on Thursday 23 June 2016.

Kenya Army Commander Lt Gen L Ngondi together with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn accompanied by his wife and house speaker in a minute of silence in honor of the Late H.E Mzee Kenyatta during the laying of wreath ceremony on Thursday 23 June 2016.

Kenya Army Commander Lt Gen L Ngondi together with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn accompanied by his wife and house speaker in a minute of silence in honor of the Late H.E Mzee Kenyatta during the laying of wreath ceremony on Thursday 23 June 2016.

His Excellency Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn lays a wreath at the Mausoleum.

His Excellency Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn lays a wreath at the Mausoleum.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn inspecting a guard of honor mounted by Kenya Air Force, at State House.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn Visits State House

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn inspecting a guard of honor mounted by Kenya Air Force, at State House.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn greats Kenya`s Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General Samson Mwathethe at State House, Nairobi.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn greats Kenya`s Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General Samson Mwathethe at State House, Nairobi.

The Commander-in-Chief and the President of the Republic of Kenya His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta introduces Kenya`s Service Commanders to the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in the company of Kenya`s CDF at State House, Nairobi

The Commander-in-Chief and the President of the Republic of Kenya His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta introduces Kenya`s Service Commanders to the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in the company of Kenya`s CDF at State House, Nairobi

(L-R) Kenya`s Service Commanders, CDF General Samson Mwathethe,  Commander-in-Chief and the President of the Republic of Kenya His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

(L-R) Kenya`s Service Commanders, CDF General Samson Mwathethe, Commander-in-Chief and the President of the Republic of Kenya His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

March pass by Kenya Air Force at State House, Nairobi.

March pass by Kenya Air Force at State House, Nairobi.

 

Members of the multi-agency disaster response team including Police Service and St Johns Ambulance evacuate an injured person during the simulation of a terror attack.

Kenyan Security Agencies Hold First Multi-Agency Rapid Response Capability Drill

Members of the multi-agency disaster response team including Police Service and St Johns Ambulance evacuate an injured person during the simulation of a terror attack.

Defence Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ambassador Raychelle Omamo presided over the first Multi-Agency Rapid Response Capability Exercise Maliza Magaidi on 9th June 2016 at the Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS) Embakasi, Nairobi.

Speaking after witnessing a variety of drills carried out at the exercise, the CS expressed her pleasure in attending the event, noting the importance and relevance of it in bringing together all security and emergency response agencies, particularly in dealing with terrorist attacks and other security emergencies.

“The East African region, just like other regions globally, is prone to terrorism, which calls for building of capacity as a country to respond appropriately to challenges posed by terrorism”, she said.

The CS encouraged the participants to continue working together just as they had demonstrated at the Exercise Maliza Magaidi. She thanked the organizers for the first of a kind event of that nature, hoping further exercises would take place in future.

During the exercise, the CS and other dignitaries were taken through various briefings and demonstrations, which culminated in a simulation of a typical terrorist attack within a township in a hypothetical country “Lukenya” and how combined agencies would respond to the attack. The simulation included an attack on a bus stop along Jambo Street, a diversionary attack on an office block resulting in fire outbreak, an accident involving a vehicle carrying hazardous material along Jambo Street, terrorist attack on Sheraton Hotel and a Bus Stop attack. The exercise demonstrated how the stages would develop from first, second and third responders.

The Exercise Maliza Magaidi ran between 2nd June 2016 and 10th June 2016 through different phases including the clinic phase, the command post exercise phase, field training exercise and the action review. Spearheaded by the National Security Advisory Council, its objectives were to demonstrate Kenya’s preparedness and effectiveness in response to threats, to consolidate lessons from past experiences and improve interoperability between agencies, to improve on readiness and preparedness of all security agencies and enhance standard operating procedures on response to crisis on the multiagency platform.

The exercise brought together 352 participants gathered from the Kenya Defence Forces, the Kenya Police Service, the National Intelligence Service, Kenya Prisons, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service, National Youth Service, National Disaster Operations Centre and the National Counter Terrorism Centre. The Kenya Defence Forces was represented by 67 personnel.

During her visit to the Humanitarian Peace Support School, the CS was accompanied by the Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, the Vice Chief of the Defence Forces Lieutenant General Joseph Kasaon, Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Leonard Ngondi, Commander Kenya Air Force Major General Samuel Thuita, Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Mghalu, senior military officers and chiefs of other security organs.

Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe is received by Brigadier Nderitu during the Kenyan Multi - Agency Rapid Response Capability(Ex- Maliza Magaidi) held at HPSS on 9th June 16.

Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe is received by Brigadier Nderitu during the Kenyan Multi – Agency Rapid Response Capability(Ex- Maliza Magaidi) held at HPSS on 9th June 16.

Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe greets Commander Kenya Army LieutenantGeneral Leonard Ngondi as Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett looks on.

Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe greets Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Leonard Ngondi as Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett looks on.

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Leonard Ngondi having a word with Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett.

Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Leonard Ngondi having a word with Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett.

Revelers at Stella’s Pub in Amani Township scamper for safety during the simulation of a terrorist attack.

Revelers at Stella’s Pub in Amani Township scamper for safety during the simulation of a terrorist attack.