KDF General Makes History at Kenyatta University.
General Robert Kibochi, Chief of General Staff of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), has made history by becoming the first sitting military commander to earn a doctorate degree.
The KDF chief made the announcement on Thursday, July 21, noting that he would be honored at a graduation ceremony at Kenyatta University on Friday, July 22.
Kibochi stated that his academic journey had been long and difficult due to the nature of his job, but he had made time to complete his studies.
He attributed his success to his family, who he stated had to make sacrifices following his appointment to lead the KDF.
His PhD thesis focused on enhancing peace and stability in the Eastern African region through the collaboration of security forces from various countries.
“I am delighted and honoured to be conferred with a doctorate of philosophy degree by Kenyatta University focusing on the stabilization of the Eastern Africa Region in the consolidation of collective security institutions.
“I am grateful to everyone who has offered me support in the journey. I will single out my family and colleagues for their moral support throughout the five-year journey,” he stated.
He also used the occasion to encourage young people to take their studies seriously and learn the skills they need to improve their lives and contribute meaningfully to society and the world at large.
President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Kibochi as KDF commander in 2020, following the departure of General Samson Mwathethe, whose term had expired.
The veteran soldier enlisted in the military in 1979 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant.
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Kibochi will be awarded his doctorate alongside Uhuru’s sister Kristina Pratt, who will receive an honorary degree tomorrow.
Former Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo, who graduated from the University of Nairobi in 2020, is another notable security officer who has received a PhD.