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Uhuru Kenyatta mourns the late Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Francis Ogolla

April 18th, 2024 1 min read

Former President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, has expressed profound sadness over the tragic death of Chief of Defence Forces, General Francis Omondi Ogolla, in a recent helicopter crash.

In a heartfelt statement, Kenyatta conveyed his sorrow and offered condolences to the nation for the immense loss.

“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,” Kenyatta remarked. He described the incident, which occurred on April 18, at the Kaben-Cheptulel border between Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot counties, as a significant blow to the country.

General Ogolla, Kenyatta noted, was not just a distinguished military leader but also a devoted patriot who dedicated his life to serving and safeguarding Kenya.

His leadership, bravery, and unwavering commitment to duty have left an indelible mark on the armed forces and the nation as a whole.

Kenyatta reflected on his own experiences serving alongside General Ogolla, highlighting their shared journey from the Kenya Air Force to the highest echelons of military leadership.

He praised Ogolla’s exemplary service and underscored the profound impact he had on shaping Kenya’s defense strategy.

In closing, Kenyatta extended his deepest sympathies to the families, friends, and colleagues of the other officers who perished in the tragic accident.

He offered words of comfort, urging them to find solace in the memories of these exceptional military leaders who left an enduring legacy.