Lt General Samson Mwathethe: Profile and Emminent Rise Through the Kenya Military Ranks


01971-600x318Following the outcome of the meeting of senior commanders of the Kenya Military to discuss appointments, promotions and postings in the Kenya Military, Lt General Samson Mwathethe could be the next Chief of Kenya Defence Forces.

Questions rise as to who Lt General Samson Mwathethe really is.

Lt Gen Samson Mwathethe was born in Malindi and educated at Shimo La Tewa before joining Sacred Heart High School in Mombasa.

He joined the Kenya Navy in April 1978 and was commissioned in 1980 as a Seaman Officer after attending Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.

He has undertaken advanced courses on International Sub-Lieutenants (UK), International Principal Warfare (UK) and missiles (Italy).

Decorated career According to the DOD, he also attended the Defence Resource Management training in Monterey, USA, in 1998.

He is a former Kenya Navy Commander and has also served as the Kenya Navy Logistics Commander, Base Commander Mtongwe and Fleet Commander.

His other appointments included Chief of Systems and Procurement Department of Defence, Command of individual Kenya Navy Ships, SOII Operations at Navy Headquarters, 86 Squadron Commander, and SOI Co-ordination at the Department of Defence.

His decorations include Distinguished Conduct Order and Moran of the Burning Spear, among others.

Lt General Samson Mwathethe is the current Vice Chief of the Defence Forces.

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