Mahamoud Mohamed

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Mahamoud Mohamed
Allegiance  Kenya
Service/branch Kenya Defence Forces
Years of service 1955 to 1998
Rank General
Commands held Chief of General Staff

General Mahamoud Mohamed (Somali: Maxamuud Maxamed) is a former Kenyan military commander, and was Chief of General Staff of the Kenyan military.[1]


Mohamed was born to an ethnic Somali family from the Abudwak clan of the Ogaden Darod.[2][3] His younger brother Hussein Maalim Mohamed was Kenya's Minister of State in the office of the presidency, the first Somali to be appointed to the cabinet.[4]

On 1 August 1982, Mohamed commanded Kenyan military and police forces in a successful suppression of a coup d'état attempt against then President of Kenya Daniel arap Moi.[5] The putsch had been staged by a group of low-ranking military officers led by Senior Private Hezekiah Ochuka, who was later found guilty of five overt acts and sentenced to death by hanging.[6]

Mohamed would remain the Chief of General Staff of the Kenya Defence Forces for the next ten years.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Hornsby, Charles (2013). Kenya: A History Since Independence. I.B.Tauris. p. 410. ISBN 1780765010.
  2. ^ IWGIA Newsletter, Issue 37. International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs. 1984. p. 96.
  3. ^ Abdullahi, Mohamed Diriye (2001). Culture and Customs of Somalia. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 41. ISBN 0313313334.
  4. ^ United States. Dept. of State. Bureau of African Affairs (1983). AF Press Clips. p. 64.
  5. ^ Society. Nyamora Communications Limited. 1992. p. 12.
  6. ^ Gachuhi, Roy (11 December 2009). "How heroic trio of fighter pilots scuttled mission to bomb State House and GSU". Retrieved 1 August 2012.