President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed General Robert Kibochi as the new Chief of Defence Forces.
Kibochi succeeeds General Samson Mwathethe who has served for five years.
Lt General Levi Mghalu has been promoted to Vice Chief of Defence Forces as Major general Jimson Mutai fills up the position of the Commander of Kenya Navy.
The officers are to report officially to their new officers starting next month May 11 after their predicessor have taken retirement.
Mwathethe who was appointed in May 2015 to replace General Julius Karangi is set to retire on the same date the new appointees will be resuming the new positions.
Mr Kenyatta had all but kind words for the outgoing general.
“Since your appointment as the Chief of Defence Forces five years ago (May 2015), we have seen significant expansion in our military and enviable improvement in the defence capability of our forces; thus giving Kenyans confidence that their borders are well protected from any external aggression,” the head of state said.