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‘Young man don’t be impatient with us,’ Oburu Odinga asks Gen Ogolla’s son

Siaya Senator Oburu Odinga has urged Joel Rabuku, the son of the late Chief of Defence Forces Francis Ogolla, to allow investigations into the cause of the military plane crash that claimed 10 lives.

Speaking at the ongoing burial in Siaya County, Odinga emphasised the importance of allowing the government to conduct its promised investigations.

He highlighted the concerns of many leaders from the region who have reportedly faced untimely deaths, hence the need for transparency regarding General Ogolla’s passing.

“We want to know the truth. We have lost so many leaders in our area in very suspicious ways and once bitten twice shy. We want to know who killed our son. So young man don’t be impatient with us. We want to know the truth. When Robert Ouko died, the regime then convinced the family to be dismissive of us, who were asking questions. So young man just be patient and allow the investigators to do their work,” Oburu said.

Oburu also sent former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s condolences saying he could not attend as he is out of the country.

Gen Ogolla tragically lost his life in a military plane crash in the Kaben area of Elgeyo-Marakwet county, alongside nine other KDF officials on Thursday, April 18.

During the memorial service held on Friday, Joel encouraged mourners to celebrate rather than mourn his father’s passing.

He shared that his father, the General, had always prepared the family for his eventual departure.

Joel then urged attendees to embrace joy, highlighting his father’s cheerful nature and emphasising that General Ogolla would have wanted to see people happy rather than sad.

“I am seeing very many sad faces but General would just be wondering what people are sad about, especially since he has prepared us for this day for a long time, and you guys should look a bit happier because we as a family are leaning on his faith, on our faith, and that of Jesus Christ which was his cornerstone for everything,” Rabuku said.

He was laid to rest today at his family home in Mor, Alego Usonga, Siaya County, in accordance with his wish to be buried within three days.

He will also be buried without a coffin.