Source: Ministry of Defence Kenya
Chief of the Defence Forces Gen J W Karangi poses for a photo with the outgoing Defence Forces Sergeant Major Warrant Officer 1 Joseph Kithome (right) and the incoming Defence Forces Sergeant Major Warrant Officer 1 Khanso Khalif during the farewell ceremony at the Defence Headquarters on 26 January 2012.
The Kenya Defence Forces has a new Defence Sergeant Major. After six years at the helm as the Defence Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer 1 Joseph Kithome Mundi who is proceeding on retirement after 35 years of service handed over the mantle to Warrant Officer Class One Khalif Kanso Katana. The handing over ceremony was presided over by the Chief of the Defence Forces General Julius Karangi at the Defence Headquarter on 25th January 2012.
During the handing over ceremony, the CDF welcomed the new Defence Sergeant Major whom he said had enough experience and temperament to handle the appointment. He urged him to always lead by example and be a role model to the younger and junior soldiers. The new Defence Sergeant Major was enlisted in service in 1978.During this time he has served in various capacities such as Company Sergeant Major at AFTC Cadet School (Now Kenya Military Academy), Regimental Sergeant Major Guard of Honour Parades from May 2008 to March 2009 and his last appointment being the Air Force Sergeant Major.
The Defence Sergeant Major is the highest servicemen appointment within the Kenya Defence Forces and is the overall in-charge of servicemen discipline in all the service. Additionally, he is the link between the service Sergeant Majors and the Defence Headquarters. His other duties include the coordination of national ceremony parades among others.
Present during the ceremony were the Vice Chief of the Defence Forces Lieutenant General Samson Mwathethe, Assistant Chief of the Defence Forces Personnel and L logistics Major General Gordon Kihalangwa, Chief of Personnel Brigadier Philip Lepakio, Army Sergeant Major Warrant Officer Class One John Muthoka, the newly appointed Air Force Sergent Major Warrant Officer Class one Joseph Muli Maingi and the Navy Sergeant Major Warrant Officer Class One John Chacha among others.