VCDF Lt Gen Robert Kibochi hands over the Kenya Army Flag to Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Walter Raria.
Incoming Vice Chief of Defence Forces (VCDF) Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Robert Kibochi handed over command of the Kenya Army to Lieutenant General Walter Raria on 1st August, 2018 at the Kenya Army Headquarters.
Lt Gen Raria, who is now the 21st Commander of the Kenya Army served as the Deputy Army Commander for the past two years under the stewardship of the new Vice Chief of Defence Forces. He has previously held araft of Command and Staff appointments in a military career spanning more than three decades.
In his address, Lt Gen Raria thanked the VCDF for providing a cordial working relationship during the tenure as Deputy Army Commander and Commander Kenya Army respectively. The Commander Kenya Army indicated that he would continue building upon the foundation laid by the VCDF.
“As Commander Kenya Army I will do everything possible to enhance the foundation already placed by the VCDF in the management of the Army affairs. We will fight with whatever resources at our disposal to protect the sovereignty of Kenya,” he added.
On his part, the VCDF said he was honoured to have served as Army Commander for the last two years. He thanked all Kenya Army personnel who served under him for cooperating with him during his tenure that saw him duly dispense his duties.
He thanked the soldiers currently in the operation areas for having done a commendable job in defeating terrorism. He reminded all present that there is still need to increase effectiveness arising from lessons learnt from earlier operations. He also expressed gratitude to the Chief of the Defence Forces for facilitating the growth of Kenya Army and for supporting its projects geared at improving the welfare of soldiers.
The ceremony took place under the customary military traditions. A hand-over /take-over parade was mounted by the 7 Kenya Rifles comprising of both old and new guard as a way of bidding farewell to the outgoing and welcoming the new Commander Kenya Army respectively.
Also present during the ceremony were the new Deputy Army Commander Major General (Maj Gen) Thomas Chepkuto, the new General Officer Commanding East Command Maj Gen Ayub Matiiri, General Officer Commanding West Command Maj Gen Benjamin Biwott, Formation Commanders, Senior Officers, Headquarter Kenya Army Staff Officers and Service Members.
Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Walter Raria inspects New Guard mounted by 7KR
Commander Kenya Army Lt Gen Walter Raria addressing Kenya Army Personnel during the ceremony.
7 KR soldiers salute the out-going Commander with the customary three cheers.
VCDF Lt Gen Robert Kibochi (Left) with Commander Kenya Army, Lt Gen Walter Raria (Right) holding Hand-over/ Take-over Certificate.