General Mwathethe: I am not joining politics


Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe is not contemplating joining politics after the end of his tenure.

The outgoing top military officer cleared the air on Saturday over social media posts that flooded various platforms since news of his retirement were made public.

For the past one week, the social media was awash with news that Mwathethe is joining the race for the governor position for Kilifi County in 2022.

Speaking in Vishakani during the burial of Esther Ngala-widow to the late Ronald Ngala, Mwathethe said he will retire to his home in Kilifi and participate in development projects but not politics.

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The top career naval officer is set to retire on May 11 when there will be a ceremonial change of guard and handing over of the necessary CDF and KDF flags.

“When it was announced that I will be retiring people started making suggestions that I join politics but I will not go that route. I am a military officer. Military and politics do not go together,” Mwathethe said.

This now brings to an end the debate that the CDF is on the list of those eyeing the Kilifi county top seat.

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Mwathethe clarified that he is still at the helm of the Kenya defence forces until the 11th of May when the new CDF will take over.

Mwathethe joined the military on May 11, 1978 and rose through the ranks to the top most position.

“After my retirement I will come back home to join you in development but not as a politician. I am sure you will welcome me back home. I will come back even if there is a lockdown,” said Mwathethe

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