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Francis Ogolla: Raila Odinga, Uhuru Kenyatta Express Grief After General’s Death

General Francis Ogolla.
General Francis Ogolla died after a military helicopter that was carrying him and other officers crashed. Photo/KDF.

Raila Odinga and retired President Uhuru Kenyatta are mourning Chief of Defence Forces General Francis Ogolla.

Ogolla died on Thursday, April 18 in a helicopter crash.

“Raila said it was a terrible day for Kenya and his wife Ida were 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. Gen. Ogolla was a true patriot, a highly decorated soldier, and a consummate professional who served our country with unwavering dedication,” Raila’s statement read.

Uhuru Kenyatta said It is with great sadness he learnt of the tragic passing of General Ogolla and his untimely death in a helicopter crash is a significant loss for Kenya.

“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,” Uhuru said.

Uhuru also sent a message of condolence to the families of the other officers who died in the crash.

“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,” he concluded.

The other nine officers who died were: Brigadier Swaleh Said, Colonel Dancan Keitany, Lieutenant Col. David Sawe, Major George Benson Magondu, Capt. Sora Mohammed, Capt. Hillary Litali, Snr Sgt John Kinyua Mureithi, Sgt. Cliffonce Omondi and Sgt. Rose Nyawira.