Details Of Memorial Service For Soldiers Who Died Alongside General Francis Ogolla

The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) has released details regarding memorial services and burials for the soldiers who died alongside General Francis Ogolla in a recent helicopter crash.

On April 18th, a KDF Huey UH-1 helicopter (tail no. KAF 1501) tragically crashed near Sindar, Kaben in Elgeyo Marakwet County. Ten soldiers lost their lives in the accident.

“The KDF is working closely with the families of the deceased to arrange these services,” a KDF statement confirmed. “Military protocols and honors will be observed while respecting the wishes of the fallen and their families.”

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Several soldiers have already been laid to rest, including General Ogolla, Brigadier Saidi, and Captain Sora. The remaining burials and a memorial service are scheduled as follows:

  • KDF Memorial Service: A requiem mass will be held at Moi Air Base, Eastleigh, Nairobi County on Wednesday, April 24th, 2024.
  • Sergeant Rose Nyawira: Burial will take place on Thursday, April 25th, 2024, in Kagio Village, Kirinyaga County. Sergeant Nyawira served as a KDF photographer.
  • Senior Sergeant John Mureithi: Burial will take place on Friday, April 26th, 2024, in Kirimunge Village, Kanyeki Location, Kirinyaga County. Senior Sergeant Mureithi was an air technician at Moi Air Base.
  • Colonel Duncan Keitany: Burial will take place on Saturday, April 27th, 2024, in Saos Village, Eldama Ravine, Baringo County. Colonel Keitany served as Colonel of Operations at the Defence Headquarters.
  • Major George Magondu: Burial will take place on Saturday, April 27th, 2024, in Karemeno Village, Kieni Constituency, Nyeri County. Major Magondu served as a pilot at Moi Air Base.

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The KDF offers its heartfelt condolences to the families of the fallen soldiers.

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