Why Uhuru has received new Aide-de-Camp


President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House Nairobi on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. PHOTO| PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his new Aide-de-Camp Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Stelu Lekolool at State House Nairobi on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. PHOTO| PSCU

In Summary

  • Lt. Stelu Lekolool takes over from Lt Col Victor Mburu who has been President Kenyatta's Aide-de-Camp since August 2017.
  • It is not clear why the change of guard was carried out in less than a year.
  • However, Citizen Digital understands that on normal occasions, the change is effected from time to time to allow for career progression for the officers.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has a new Aide-de-Camp (ADC).

Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Stelu  Lekolool will now become President Kenyatta’s personal assistant, helping him on security matters, protocol and matters of military tradition.

This was made public by the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU) which welcomed the new ADC to State House.

“President Uhuru Kenyatta has a new Aide-de-Camp (ADC) – Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Stelu Lekolool. Welcome to State House,” tweeted PSCU.

Lt. Stelu Lekolool takes over from Lt Col Victor Mburu who has been President Kenyatta’s Aide-de-Camp since August 2017.

Lt-Col Victor Mburu behind President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto. PHOTO| PSCU

 

Col. Mburu had replaced Col. Peter Njiru, who served as President Kenyatta’s ADC for more than five years. It is not clear why the change of guard was carried out in less than a year.

However, Acting State House spokesperson Kanze Dena told Citizen Digital that Lt-Col Mburu has gone for further military studies.

Ms. Dena noted that the change was a normal rotation carried out in line with military practice to allow for career progression for the officers.

The role of the ADC, which entails guarding the president, is mostly ceremonial, serving as a symbol of dignity for the presidency.

The ADC, who is normally a highly-trained and senior military officer, is required to be aware of the president’s itinerary at all times.

He is supposed to follow the President whenever he goes out on official duties and the president’s safety is one of his core responsibilities.

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