Lieutenant General Peter Mbogo is the Commander of Kenya Army following his promotion and appointment on 20 June 2022. He was enlisted into the Kenya Defence Forces as an Officer Cadet on 24 June 1985 and Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 26 June 1986. Upon Commissioning, he was posted to 77 Artillery Battalion as a Troop Commander and later where he became a Commanding Officer in the same Unit.
He served in many regimental capacities among them Admin Officer, Adjutant, Battery Captain, Battery Commander, Instructor Air Defence Wing, Staff Officer Two (SOII) Training/Instructor Gunnery, Desk Officer Operations/Logistics, SOII Personnel/Logistics, Battalion Second-in-Command (2IC) and became a Commanding Officer in 2006.
During his illustrious career in the Kenya Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Njiru has held a raft of Command, Staff and Instructional related appointments in various Kenya Defence Forces Establishments including Staff Officer One (SOI) OPD & T responsible for Operations, Plans, Doctrine and Training (OPD & T) at the Kenya Defence Forces Headquarters. In addition, he served as an Aide-De-Camp (ADC) to Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C), Commandant Recruits Training School, Commandant Kenya Military Academy, Commandant Joint Command and Staff College and currently Commander Kenya Army.
Lieutenant General Njiru has attended diverse local and overseas courses related to Leadership, Command and Management. These include but are not limited to Junior Command Course, Grade 2 Staff Course, Peace Support Operations, African Disarmament Course, Joint Senior Command Course, International Battle Group Commanders Course, Next Generation of Military Leaders Course, Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) Course and Public Finance Management Workshop.
Lieutenant General Njiru is a graduate of the RCDS Course in the United Kingdom and he earned Master of Arts in International Security and Strategy from King’s College, London.
He has also served in United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) where he was a Commanding Officer of the Kenyan Battalion and a Staff Officer in United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE).
In recognition for his distinguished and exemplary service, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces has awarded him Chief of the Burning Spear (CBS) among other decorations.
Lieutenant General Peter Mbogo Njiru is married and blessed with three children.
“The joy of retirement comes in those everyday pursuits that embrace the joy of life; to experience daily the freedom to invest one's life-long knowledge for the betterment of others; and, to allocate time to pursuits that only received, in years of working, a fleeting moment.” – Byron Pulsifer