Chief of Defence Forces (Kenya)
The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) is the highest-ranking military officer in the Kenya Defence Forces and the principal military adviser to the President of Kenya and the National Security Council. The CDF outranks all respective heads of each service branch and has operational command authority over the service branches. He leads the meetings and coordinates the efforts of the Service Commander, comprising the CDF, the Commander of the Kenya Army and Kenya Air Force, Kenya Navy and the Commandant of Military Intelligence. The CDF has offices in Ulinzi House. Following the 2010 Constitution, the Chief of the General Staff was replaced with the Chief of the Defence Forces.
|Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces|
|National Security Council|
|Member of||Kenya Defence Forces|
|Reports to||President of Kenya|
|Appointer||President of Kenya|
|Term length||Serve a single term of four (4) years or retire upon the attaining of the mandatory retirement age|
|Constituting instrument||Article 241 of the Constitution of Kenya|
|First holder||Bernard Penfold|
|Deputy||Vice Chief of the Defence Forces|
The office is considered very important and highly prestigious, because the CDF has command authority over the Armed Forces. The chain of command is from the President (as the Commander in Chief), directly to the CDF. The CDF, as a Principal Adviser, does have authority over personnel assignments and oversight over resources and personnel allocated to the commands within the respective services. The Chairman may also transmit communications to the service commanders from the President. He also performs all other functions as assigned from time to time by the President. The CDF may also allocate those duties and responsibilities to other officers under his name.
List of chiefsEdit
Chief of the General StaffEdit
|No.||Portrait||Chief of the General Staff||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Defence branch||Ref|
Robert Bernard Penfold
|30 November 1966||31 May 1969||2 years, 182 days||Kenya Army|||
Joseph Musyimi Lele Ndolo
|1 June 1969||24 June 1971||2 years, 23 days||Kenya Army|||
Jackson Kimeu Mulinge
|25 June 1971||1986||14–15 years||Kenya Army|||
Mohamud Haji Barrow Mohamed
|1986||1996||9–10 years||Kenya Air Force|||
Daudi Rerimoi Chepkong'a Tonje
|1996||30 November 2000||3–4 years||Kenya Army|||
Joseph Raymond Edward Kibwana
|1 December 2000||31 August 2005||4 years, 273 days||Kenya Navy|||
Jeremiah Mutinda Kianga
|1 September 2005||12 July 2011||5 years, 314 days||Kenya Army|||
Chief of the Defence ForcesEdit
|No.||Portrait||Chief of the Defence Forces||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Defence branch||Ref|
Julius Waweru Karangi
|13 July 2011||4 May 2015||3 years, 295 days||Kenya Air Force|||
Samson Jefwa Mwathethe
|5 May 2015||10 May 2020||5 years, 4 days||Kenya Navy|||
Robert Kariuki Kibochi
|11 May 2020||Incumbent||1 year, 169 days||Kenya Army|||
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