The newly appointed chief of defense forces, Robert Kibochi, will play a major role come 2022.
There has been a heated debate about 2022 succession. The handshake between Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta did not make things any better.
The Building Bridges initiative which was suppposed to bring Kenyans together and solve their problems only became the centre stage of political wrangles with a clear rift between camps allied to the president and those allied to Deputy president.
The election of a new chief of defence Major General Robert Kibochi brings in a crucial aspect in the succession of power come 2022.
Major General Robert Kibochi will be at the center stage during the transition of power from Uhuru Kenyatta’s government to the next government.
His role will play a crucial part in William Ruto’s ambitions and other presidential hopefuls come 2022.
Being a member of the statutory Assumption of the office of President Committee that oversees the inauguration of the president-elect, one of his major roles will be to ensure a smooth transition and bring down any unsatisfied voices after the general elections in 2022.
His office is supposed to handle the handing over of power and put in place security measures for the incoming president.
Kibochi is also a member of the National Security Council which provides the president elect with security briefs.
Ruto’s camp is of the idea that Kenyatta is grooming up Raila Odinga for presidential endorsement following the Building Bridges Initiative and the Handshake whereas Odinga’s camp deny the same.
Kenya Defense Forces Soldiers who are in Somalia as part of Amisom peace keeping Mission are expected to exit Somalia. Major Kibochi will oversee to the planned withdrawal of these soldiers from Somalia as well.