Uhuru, Raila lead high-ranking Kenyans in mourning CDF General Francis Ogolla

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 19 Apr, 2024 09:29 | 2 mins read
Chief of Defence Forces General Francis Ogolla
Chief of Defence Forces General Francis Ogolla. PHOTO/@kdfinfo/X

Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta has led other high-ranking Kenyans in mourning the death of General Francis Ogolla that occurred on Thursday, April 18, 2024.

Ogolla, alongside other officials, died after a helicopter they were flying in crashed in Chesegon in West Pokot.

Uhuru said the demise of the four-star general is a significant loss to the country.

"It is with great sadness that I have learned of the tragic passing of General Francis Omondi Ogolla, the Chief of Defence Forces of Kenya. His untimely demise in a helicopter crash at the Kaben-Cheptulel border between Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot counties is a significant loss for our nation," the fourth President of Kenya said.

Uhuru further lauded the late Chief of Defence saying he was a patriot and showed unwavering commitment in his duties.

"The CDF was not only an accomplished military leader but also a devoted patriot who dedicated his life to serving and protecting our beloved country. His leadership, bravery, and unwavering commitment to duty have made a lasting impact on our armed forces and our nation as a whole.

"As the Head of State, I had the privilege of serving with General Ogolla as Deputy Commander of the Kenya Air Force, Commander of the Kenya Air Force, and finally as Vice Chief of Defence Forces.

"During this period of mourning, please accept my sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the family, friends, and colleagues of the other officers of the ill-fated flight. May the memories of these exceptional military officers, who had a profound influence on our nation, bring you comfort and strength in this difficult time," the retired president continued.

Raila's message

On his part, Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga also shared his message of condolences to the nation.

"A terrible day for Kenya: My wife Ida and I are deeply saddened and profoundly shocked by the passing of General.

"Francis Ogolla, the Chief of Defence Forces. We join the nation in mourning his loss. General Ogolla was a true patriot, a highly decorated soldier, and a consummate professional who served our country with unwavering dedication. Our hearts go out to his family, his colleagues in the KDF, and the entire nation as we grieve this immense loss.

"We also extend our very heartfelt condolences to the families of the KDF team who were accompanying General Ogolla. We know that at this moment words will not be enough to console your tremendous grief. We pray the Lord may give you comfort. May the souls of all those who have departed find eternal peace," Raila said.

Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale and Rachael Ruto are among the public figures who mourned Ogolla.

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