Kenya recalls R-JMEC Interim Chair Njoroge, replaces him with new army commander

Maj. Gen. Charles Tai Gituai, while undertaking a fact-finding tour of the AMISSOM Mission’s Areas of Operation in December 2018/Photo: AMISSOM.

May 12, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic Kenya, while presenting its compliments to the Secretariat of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), has recalled Augostino Njoroge and replaced him with a new army commander.

“The Government of the Republic of Kenya nominated Amb. Lt. Gen. (Rtd.) Augostino Njoroge to the position of the Deputy Chairperson of JMEC in January 2016, and from September 2018, he has been the interim Chairperson of the R-JMEC,” the statement said.

“In that period, Amb. Njoroge has ably steered JMEC/R-JMEC, served with dedication and has made an outstanding contribution to the South Sudan Peace Process. Subsequently, after four years of service, the Government of Kenya has decided to recall Amb. Lt. Gen. (Rtd.) Augostino Njoroge, and has nominated Maj. Gen. (Rtd.) Charles Tai Gituai as the new interim Chairperson of the R-JMEC to take over with immediate effect.”

The government Kenya pointed out that the incoming Interim Chair of the JMEC will be a great asset to the JMEC considering his wealth of experience and that he’s going to achievement more as his predecessor did.

“Gen. (Rtd.) Gituai brings to the position a wealth of relevant experience and strategic leadership gleaned from similar and related placements (an abridged copy of his CV is enclosed herewith). The Government of Kenya is therefore confident that the new interim Chairperson will offer effective leadership and direction to R-JMEC to consolidate the progress made thus far and to advance the mandate of R-JMEC to support the next phase of the Peace Process.”

“Consequently, the Government of Kenya will be grateful if the Secretariat would facilitate a smooth transition and handover of office to the new interim Chairperson and accord him the necessary support.”

Who’s Major General Rtd Charles Tai Gatuai?

According to his brief Curriculum Vitae shared by the Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – Maj. Gen. Rtd. Charles Tai Gituai is a Kenyan professional military officer with a wide and diverse experience of service in the Kenya Defence Forces both locally and internationally.

During his service, he has worked in Command, Training Staff, Intelligence and Diplomacy. Some of the highlights of his career include serving in the Military Intelligence Corp rising to Staff Officer One Intelligence, Commander of Cadets Training School in Lanet, Nakuru, Colonel in charge of Operations and Training Headquarters Kenya Army, The General also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, in charge of Operations, Planning and Intelligence (Information), United Nations Mission to sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), where he was also the Kenya Contingent Conmander.

He also served as Colonel General StafT, Eastern Command and later Deputy Commander Fourth Infantry. Brigade.

Maj. Gen. Rtd. Tai Gituai has also served as Kenya’s Detulce Advisor in India accredited to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Singapore, for close to four years. He also served as the first Force Commander of the Kenya Rapid Deployment Capability (KRDC) responsible for its initial concept development and structuring. He was also a Commander of the Fourth Infantry Brigade Nanyuki, Chief of Operations at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters (DOD) Nairobi, Commandant of Joint Warfare Centre, Lanet Nakuru, an Institution focused on teaching Military Operational Art and Strategy.

He also served as the Joint Chief of StafT, Eastern Africa Standby Force, (EASF) in charge of the military, police and civilians multidimensional components and responsible for development of the regional strategic planning for Peace, Security, Training and Coordination within ‘the framework of the Africa Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) under auspices of the African Union (AU), for three years.

He also served as the General Officer Commanding Western Command, In January 2018, he was competitively selected and appointed Deputy Force Commander, Operations and Plans, African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), where he completed his tour of duty and returned to Kenya in March 2019.

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