Retired 4 Star-General Samson Mwathete has won a special place in the hearts of locals in his Kilifi backyard after delivering a project that he had earlier on promised as part of his retirement dream of giving back to the society that prayed and supported him throughout his epic military career spanning 42 years.
The retired military man single-handedly erected the magnificent house of worship for the Anglican church in Jila, Kilifi county where he used to get spiritual nourishment in his formative years and whenever he was upcountry.
ACK church, Jila
The state-of-art church has been fully furnished with enough furniture and attractive roof and paint ready for official launching but has already been put to use due to its spacious capacity that makes it possible to observe Covid 19 containment measures.
The photos of the completed Jila ACK church have already found their way into social media making hundreds of grateful Kenyans to congratulate Mwathete for his good deeds to the community after retirement.
Former Taita Taveta women representative Joyce Lay led other Kenyans in applauding Mwathete’s efforts even though some sections faulted the military man for misplaced priorities. They argued that a well-equipped secondary school, vocational college or hospital would have been better.
Mwathete who retired in May 2020 joined the Kenya Navy wing of KDF in 1978 rising through the ranks up to Chief of defence forces, the highest appointment in the Kenyan armed forces effective April 2015 to May 2020.
After being enlisted into the military in 1978, Mwathete was sent to the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon in the United Kingdom for specialised training. Upon graduation he was commissioned among others as a seaman in 1980.
In between, Mwathete served as vice chief of defence forces of Kenya, commander of the Kenya Navy, deputy commander of the Kenya Navy, commander of logistics in the Kenya Navy and base commander at Mtongwe Naval base.