Major General Fatuma Ahmed, who is the Commander of the Kenya Military Academy ( Photo Courtesy)
With President William Ruto having not made any changes to the military since taking over the reigns of power in 2022, all eyes will be on him over the next few months with Chief of Defence Forces General Robert Kariuki Kibochi expected to retire.
General Kibochi's term was extended by one year because of the 2022 general election by former President Uhuru Kenyatta. As such, he may retire this year.
A senior soldier from the Kenya Air Force is expected to succeed him. The two front runners are Vice CDF Lieutenant General Francis Ogolla and former Nairobi Metropolitan Services Director General Lieutenant General Mohamed Badi.
Many are betting on either of the two to succeed to rise to the highest rank in the Kenyan military. But Major General Fatuma Ahmed is another person to watch.
President William Ruto with Major General Fatuma Ahmed and KDF chief General Robert Kariuki Kibochi ( Photo Courtesy)It is very obvious that she will not ascend to the top KDF position but she could make more history having done so in 2015 and 2018.
In 2015, Major General Ahmed became the first female Brigadier in the history of KDF. Four years later, she became the first woman Major General in the history of Kenya's military.
At the same time, she is the first woman to serve as Commander of the Kenya Military Academy.
Will she make more history by becoming the first female Lieutenant General in the history of KDF should Dr Ruto make changes in future? For the Kenya Air Force soldier who has been in the military for 38 years, will she make more history?
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