Lieutenant General Franklin Mghalu is the Vice Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces following his elevation and appointment on 13 July 2020.
Lieutenant General Franklin Mghalu was born on 3 January 1961. He joined the Kenya Defence Forces as a Cadet in 1981 and was commissioned to the Kenya Navy on 20 December 1982.
Lieutenant General Franklin Mghalu underwent his early training in the United Kingdom and Pakistan leading to his specialization in Navigation.
He undertook Naval Command and Staff Course in South Africa and is also a graduate of the National Defence College (NDC) of Kenya.
Lieutenant General Franklin Mghalu was appointed the Commander Kenya Navy on 31 July 2015 by His Excellency the President and Commander in Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces.
Prior to his appointment he was the Commander Kenya Navy .
Lieutenant General Franklin Mghalu previously held various command appointments which include Commander Kenya Navy Base Manda, Senior Officer Afloat 66 Squadron, Senior Officer Afloat 76 Squadron and Commanding Officer of various Kenya Navy ships.
In addition to Command appointments, Lieutenant Franklin General Mghalu also served in various staff appointments within Kenya Navy, Defence Headquarters, National Defence College and Defence Staff College.
He has served international assignments as Kenya’s Defence Attaché to India and in United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia (UNOMIL).
Lieutenant General Franklin Mghalu has been decorated with the Moran of the Order of the Golden Heart (MGH) and Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) as well as OPS Linda Nchi and UN medals.
He is married and blessed with two children.