The Military Wives Association of Kenya (MWAK) held a handing over ceremony of it’s incoming leaders at the MWAK Headquarters office in Nairobi on 7 May 2024.

This comes after the recent promotions and appointments of General Officers by The President and C-in-C of the Kenya Defence Forces, Hus Excellency Dr. William Samoei Ruto.

In the latest changes, General Charles Muriu Kahariri was appointed Chief of Defence Forces and Lieutenant General John Omenda as the Vice Chief of Defence Forces.

Since MWAK leadership borrows heavily from the KDF structure, the same changes were effected in the Association in which the outgoing Chairperson Mrs. Aileen Ogolla handed over the mantle to Mrs. Grace Kahariri who in turn handed over the Vice Chair Position to Mrs Hellen Omenda.

In her farewell speech, Mrs Ogolla expressed her heartfelt gratitude to her fellow MWAK members and the office staff for their unwavering commitment to the cause and support throughout her term; noting that incredible friendships were built along the way.

She encouraged the members to channel the same spirit to the incoming chair who is just as capable and passionate about making a positive difference for women and the families of the KDF personnel. Mrs Ogolla further assured the incoming leaders of her availability should they need to consult her on matters welfare.

“I look forward to seeing this organization morph into something bigger and register even more achievements. As I step down I’d like to say thank you for making it a pleasure to serve you.”

Subsequently, the incoming chairperson Mrs. Grace Kahariri thanked Mrs. Aileen Ogolla for her vision and noble projects which have benefited diverse groups among them youths, widows and wives of both serving and retired soldiers. She pledged her commitment to further the mission of MWAK during her term and urged her fellow members to showcase team spirit and harmony for the betterment of the KDF families.

Her sentiments were echoed by the MWAK founding chairperson Mrs. Tabitha Kibochi who emphasized on the importance of bonding as women and being responsible for one another especially during moments of transition and grief.

Over twenty members of the association were present.

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