The last few years have seen Mohammed Badi’s rise through the military ranks speeded up at breakneck speed, raising questions and curiosity. A quick check at the trajectory of the career of the military man in the course of the last three years shows a very incredible and impressive rise.
However, a closer look at Badi’s rise immediately Uhuru took power shows an even more interesting pattern. The president took quite a keen interest in the Air Force man right from the start. A string of quick successive promotions from 2014, and which culminated in his appointment to cabinet in 2020 leaves questions as to whether there’s more than meets the eye.
Little is known about Badi before Uhuru’s term, other than that during the 1999 Sierra Leone Peacekeeping Mission, he served as a United Nations staffer. He also studied at the War College in South Africa between January 2005 and May 2007.
About just a year after Uhuru got into office, he promoted Badi from Colonel to Brigadier in July of 2014. He was subsequently appointed a senior Air Director at the National Defence College.
The Master of Science in Strategic Studies degree holder served as the Deputy Commandant at the National Defence College (NDC) and previously as a logistics helicopter pilot.
At the College, Badi also served as a Senior Directing Staff – Air.
In May 2019, the Kenya Air Force officer was promoted to major general before he was then appointed as the Senior Directing Staff – Air at the NDC.
In March of 2020 Badi was appointed to head the Nairobi Metropolitan Services, and in September 2020, he was appointed to the cabinet.
Now, the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director- General Maj Gen has been promoted to the rank of Lt. General in military changes announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta last Friday.
A statement from the Ministry of Defence said Badi will, however, continue to serve as the NMS boss until August 12 when his deployment will come to an end, after former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko agreed to transfer five key functions to the national government that were placed under the NMS.
The question remains; why the rush? Who is Badi and why did the president take quite a keen interest in him from very early, and more importantly, what is he being prepared for?