Retired Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General Robert Kibochi handed over Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) command to General Francis Ogolla in a colourful ceremony held at Ulinzi Sports Complex in Langata.
A symbolic pulling out of the outgoing military general to the incoming CDF Ogolla also happened during the ceremony.
President William Ruto appointed Ogolla as the new CDF on Friday, April 28, and presided over his swearing-in on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at State House, Nairobi.
"I want to congratulate the outgoing CDF General Kibochi for outstanding service not only to the military but also to the people of Kenya," Ruto said.
The President said he assessed Ogolla's background, and his journey in the military and he was satisfied that he had earned his place to ascend to the highest office in Kenya's military.
"In assessing your appointment, I checked your background, where you have come from, what you have done and your journey in the military and I'm satisfied that you merit the office.
"You have my confidence and the confidence of the government of Kenya to discharge your responsibilities in the new office," Ruto told the new CDF.
The Head of State further asked General Ogolla to maintain the dignity of KDF which he said is the most professional in the region and globally.
"It is my expectation that the professionalism of the Kenyan military will be observed under your leadership.
"Kenya has a tradition of military that is professional, outstanding and has integrity. A military that serves not only the people of Kenya, but also the region and the globe," he added.
Prior to his appointment, Ogolla served as the Vice Chief of the Defence Forces.