Army chief quits over conspiracy
What could have driven Maj-Gen Ndolo and his co-conspirators to think of toppling Kenyatta? In June 1971, 13 men were tried and jailed for conspiracy to overthrow the government of Jomo Kenyatta. They were a collection of civilians and soldiers.
Maj-Gen Ndolo, the first African Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), quietly resigned from office shortly after his co-conspirators were jailed. Born in 1919, Maj-Gen Ndolo had been recruited into the King’s African Rifles, and at independence, he was a high ranking officer within the newly-established Kenya Army.
When he was appointed army commander in 1966, the newly-created position of Chief of Defence Staff was held by Major-General Penfold, a British officer. Ndolo’s rise to the top was linked to the 1964 Lanet mutiny.
The mutineers had demanded, among other things, the Africanisation of the top echelons of the military. “Although Kenyatta retained a British general as army commander–in-chief for two more years, by the end of 1964, Africans held all of the executive positions in frontline units,” Timothy Parsons writes in Military Unrest And National Amnesia In Kenya.
Ndolo was the president of the military tribunal that tried the 1964 mutineers.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Daily Nation