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Mahamoud Mohamed
محمود محمد
Allegiance  Kenya
Service/branch Kenya Defence Forces
Years of service 1977–2009
Rank Major General
Commands held Chief of General Staff

Major General Mahamoud Mohamed (Somali language: Maxamuud Maxamed , Arabic language: محمود محمد‎) was a Somali military commander. A citizen of Kenya, he was the former Chief of General Staff of the Kenyan military.[1]

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Mohamed was born to an ethnic Somali family from the Aulyahan sub-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 polices 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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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 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. http://books.google.com/books?id=PD0FAQAAIAAJ. 
  3. Abdullahi, Mohamed Diriye (2001). Culture and Customs of Somalia. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 41. ISBN 0313313334. http://books.google.com/books?id=2Nu918tYMB8C. 
  4. United States. Dept. of State. Bureau of African Affairs (1983). AF Press Clips. p. 64. http://books.google.com/books?id=FARJAQAAIAAJ. 
  5. Society. Nyamora Communications Limited. 1992. p. 12. http://books.google.com/books?id=3MctAQAAIAAJ. 
  6. Gachuhi, Roy (11 December 2009). "How heroic trio of fighter pilots scuttled mission to bomb State House and GSU". nation.co.ke. http://www.nation.co.ke/News/-/1056/821148/-/item/0/-/sr2sg0/-/index.html. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 

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