KU honours Gen Karangi for liberating Kismayu

By Stephen Mburu
Kenyatta University has honoured the Chief of the Defence Forces Gen Julius Karangi for his exemplary service to the country and community.

 The university awarded Gen Julius Karangi with an honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causae), during its 34th graduation ceremony in Nairobi on July 5. The colourful ceremony saw 2,679 students graduate.
Chief of General Staff Julius Karangi stands at attention as Kenyatta University council members confer him Honorary Degree. PHOTO: Courtesy/MOD website

Reading the citation, VC Professor Olive Mugenda, said the University has honoured Gen Karangi for his 40 years of service to the nation in various positions in the military, including serving in key peace keeping missions abroad.

From left to right: Kenyatta University VC Prof Olive Mugenda, KU Council chairman Prof Ratemo Michieka, Chief of the Defence Forces Gen Julius Karangi and his wife Mrs Mary Karangi. PHOTO: Kaniaru Ndirangu

  Gen. Karangi was in particular honoured for leading Kenyan Defence Forces in liberating Kismayu in Somalia, during the 2011/2012 Operation Linda Nchi. The operation saw the KDF liberating the town and the Somalia in general from the Al-Shabaab militia.

Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces Gen Julius Karangi addresses the audience moments after Kenyatta University awarded him an Honorary Degree. PHOTO: Kaniaru Ndirangu

 Reading the citation, Prof Mugenda said : “The minimum loss of human life during the military operation shows how carefully it was executed to guarantee the safety of all parties. The way his forces captured Kismayu is like an episode in popular literature.
 "The creation of social services like medical care in the liberated areas demonstrates Gen Karangi’s regard and commitment to welfare and service to humanity.”

Left: Kenyan soldiers sail to capture the port of Kismayu. Right the soldiers in action in the area. Kenyatta University VC Prof Olive Mugenda said of Gen Karangi's achievement in Somalia: "The way his forces captured Kismayu is like an episode in popular literature." PHOTOS: Courtesy of MOD website.

Fresh Kenyatta University PhD graduates with Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces Gen Julius Karangi moments after he was awarded an honorary degree. PHOTO: Kaniaru Ndirangu

Gen Julius Waweru Karangi joined Kenya Air Force in 1973 and after Cadet training in UK , he was commissioned as an officer in 1974. After qualifying as a Flight Navigator in October 1975 in the Royal Air Force in England , he was posted to Flying Wing Kenya Air Force where he worked as a Navigator. On July 13, 2011 he was promoted to the rank of General and appointed the new Chief of Defence Forces(CDF), his current position.

Power to read: One of the 2,679 students who graduated.