• May 27, 2024
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Tributes pour in as Ruto confirms Gen Ogolla’s death

Tributes pour in as Ruto confirms Gen Ogolla’s death

By Patricia Mollyne Mataga

President William Ruto has led other Kenyans and top foreign envoys on paying tribute to the late KDF boss General Francis Ogolla.

Gen Ogolla was confirmed dead late on Thursday following what President Ruto said was a tragic air accident.

The accident happened at the border of Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot counties.

Gen Ogolla was with at least 9 other top military officers who also died.

President William Ruto in a televised media briefing said the Chief of the Defence Forces died alongside 8 others.

Only two individuals that were in the ill-fated military helicopter.

After addressing the press, the President posted a brief tribute on his verified X handle.

He said, “Rest In Peace General.”

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta and US ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman is among those that have shared their messages of condolences.

Uhuru in a statement on his official X handle described the late CDF general as 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,” he added.

Defense Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale on his part described Gen Ogolla as a distinguished Kenya Air Force officer who served the country for 40 years, culminating in his appointment as Chief of Defence Forces.

“His legacy will forever be cherished in our hearts and in our nation’s history,” Duale said.

United States Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman also sent her tributes.

She noted that the late KDF boss was a great friend of the United States and helped advance the U.S.-Kenya partnership.

“I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of Chief of Defense Forces General Ogolla and to all the families of the victims of this terrible crash. I had the honor of working with General Ogolla and had great respect for his integrity and dedication to the Kenyan people,” the US envoy said.

Political leaders from across the political divide have also shared their messages of condolences to the CDF’s family, the military and the country.

This is the first time in Kenya’s history that a military head has died in office.

President Ruto announced a three-day mourning where the national flags will be flied at half mast.

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