CDF Charles Muriu Kahariri Biography, Tribe, home County, wife, Salary, Wikipedia

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General Charles Kahariri Muriu has been sworn in as the new Chief of Defence Forces (CDF). President William Ruto presided over the swearing-in ceremony of the CDF and the top command of Kenya Defence Forces at State House, Nairobi.

CDF Charles Muriu Kahariri Biography, Tribe, home County, wife, Salary, Wikipedia

His Excellency Hon Dr William Samoei Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya, and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces today presided over the investiture of ranks and swearing in of newly promoted and appointed Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) General Officers at State House, Nairobi.

The event comes a day after the President effected postings, promotions and appointments of the General Officers pursuant to section 9 (2) (a) of the Kenya Defence Forces Act, that saw General Charles Muriu Kahariri promoted and appointed the new Chief of Defence Forces (CDF).

President William Ruto installed ranks to the newly promoted and appointed CDF, Vice Chief of Defence Forces (VCDF) Lieutenant General John Mugaravai Omenda, Senior Directing Staff, Air at National Defence College Major General Peter Nyamu Githinji, Senior Directing Staff, Navy at the National Defence College Major General Yahya Sheikh Abdi, Managing Director Kenya Meat Commission Major General Jattani Kampare Gula and the Managing Director Kenya Ordnance Factories Corporation and Food Processing Factory Major General George Okumu.

Thereafter, the Commander-in-Chief witnessed the swearing in of the incoming CDF, VCDF, Kenya Air Force (KAF) Commander Major General Fatuma Ahmed and Kenya Navy Commander Major General Paul Owuor Otieno.

Other appointments include; Major General Thomas Njoroge Ng’ang’a as the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration and Finance at the National Defence University Kenya and Brigadier Samuel Kosgei Kipkorir as the new Deputy Commander KAF.

In his remarks, the President commended the newly promoted and appointed General Officers for their dedication and professionalism, emphasizing that their advancements were based on merit.

“In line with the oath of office, you have a responsibility to serve the people of Kenya and make Kenya Defence Forces an institution that will provide security and integrity for our nation. You have an important responsibility of protecting our nation and assisting other security agencies in the execution of their mandate as is required of you by the constitution,” said President Ruto.

The promoted and appointed General officers were accompanied by their family members during the auspicious occasion.


GEN CHARLES KAHARIRI CBS ‘nwc'(USA)’psc'(K) was promoted and appointed to be the Chief of the Defence Forces, Kenya Defence Forces on the 02 May 2024. Prior to his current appointment , he served as the Vice Chief of the Defence Forces, Kenya Defence Forces from 09 March 2024. He enlisted in the Kenya Defence Forces on 03 Apr 1987 and was commissioned as an Officer (Second Lieutenant) on 15 April 1988. Following his commissioning, he underwent further training in the United Kingdom before serving in various capacities on board ships within the Kenya Navy Fleet.

Throughout his illustrious career spanning over three decades, Lt Gen Kahariri has held a range of leadership, command and management positions. These include roles such as Commanding Officer – Kenya Navy Ships Mamba, Madaraka, and Umoja, as well as Commanding Officer at Kenya Navy Manda Base. He later served in key appointments like Squadron Commander, Commander of the Kenya Navy Fleet, and Deputy Commander of the Kenya Navy.

He thereafter transitioned to serve at the prestigious National Defence College as Senior Directing Staff (Navy), Deputy Commandant (Military) and Commandant. Notable operational assignments include serving as the Maritime Component Commander for “Operation Linda Nchi” and as the Task Force Commander for “Operation Sledge Hammer” during the capture of Kismaiyu. Additionally, he has represented Kenya as the National Focal Person for the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and the Djibouti Code of Conduct. He also served on the National Task Forces for the Delimitation of Kenya’s Exclusive Economic Zones and Delimitation of Kenya’s Extended Continental Shelf.

Lt Gen Kahariri has completed numerous local and international courses to build his capacity and enhance his skills in the dispensation of Service duties. Amongst these courses are the International Midshipman Course (UK), Long Navigation Course (India), Management and Strategic Planning Course, Naval Command Course (USA), Joint Campaign Planning, Flag Level Combined Maritime Component Command Course (Italy), Senior Strategic Leadership Course (UK) and Executive Development Course (University of N/Carolina, USA). He also holds a Diploma in Strategic and Security Studies from the United States Naval War Collage.

Lt Gen Kahariri is a laureate of various honours and awards with Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) being his most recent accolade.

He is married and blessed with three children and a grandson.

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