Outgoing Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) chief General Samsom Mwathethe has sent a special tribute to his wife Amina Mwathethe during his handing over of command to new military boss General Robert Kibochi.
In 1978 General Mwathethe got recruited to Kenya Navy as an officer Cadet when he was only 18 years was appointed Kenya’s CDF in April 2015, by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
During the handover ceremony in which he received a 17-gun-salute at the Kenya Army Headquarters in Hurlingham Nairobi, Mwathethe thanked the president, service commanders, National Police Service, his successors and importantly his family for making him thrive as the military boss.
Mwathethe passionately thanked his wife for steering the family steadily while he was majorly absorbed in military duties.
Mwathethe in a move to reciprocate the kindness and goodness of his wife, promised to spend the better part of his retirement with spouse Amina.
General Mwathethe thanked his wife for tolerating his military way of life and steadying the family back at home as he worked on steadying the ship in the sea.
“I wish to thank my family for their understanding and tolerance to the military way of life. Specifically to my dear wife Amina allow me to congratulate you. As I see it, this retirement is for you. When I spent most of my time coming up with military tactics, strategies and plans, you steered the family ,” Mwathethe said.
The exiting General who served the military for 42 years, acknowledged that his wife’s support not only made him focus and excel in his career, but also made everything well for the family.
“Your presence, invaluable support and encouragement made every day better for me and our children. Thank you for enduring the trials of being married to a military husband. I know there were days you must have felt they were overworking me and probably underpaying me but now I am here,”
he said amid applause from soldiers, officers and other dignitaries who attended the event.
Mwathethe who made it clear that he was fading out to Mtwapa, Mombasa thanked God for being good to him and President Uhuru Kenyatta for giving him an opportunity to serve.
Special thanks from the General went to Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and his predecessor Joseph Boinnet, saying they ensured a smooth working relationship with the military.
General Samson Mwathethe said his life was a perfect definition of a military career having joined the forces at a very tender age.
The event was attended by former Chief of Defence Forces General Jeremiah Kianga and General Julius Karangi terming them as invaluable mentors who set the foundation on which he stood and build on during his tenure.
Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Dr Monicah Juma applauded Mwathethe as not only a decorated and talented military man, but an individual with a human touch and full of sense of humour.
“I will miss the deep jokes. You had a way of bringing in the navy issues in every discussion. I hope I will continue getting the jokes. The jokes cracked especially during tough moments helped bring calm,” she said.
Mwathethe in his final remarks noted he would miss the military life and the people he worked with at Kenya Defence Forces.