President Ruto Declares A 3-Day National Mourning In Honour Of CDF Ogolla

President William Ruto declared a three-day national mourning period following the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the life of Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General Francis Ogolla and other senior military personnel.

General Ogolla, 61, perished in the accident that occurred near Chesegon, on the border of West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet counties.

A Nation in Mourning

President Ruto expressed his deep sorrow, stating, “This is a moment of great sadness… Our motherland has lost one of her most valiant generals…” He commended General Ogolla’s distinguished career and service, honoring his sacrifice by declaring a national mourning period beginning Friday, April 19, 2024.

Flags at Half-Mast

As a further mark of respect, the Kenyan flag, the Kenya Defence Forces flag, and the East African Community flag will be flown at half-mast throughout the country and at Kenyan embassies abroad.

Remembering the Fallen

President Ruto offered heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased, acknowledging the pain shared by the nation, particularly the KDF fraternity. He praised General Ogolla as a “distinguished four-star general” who fell in the line of duty.

“I convey my deepest condolences to all families… May the Almighty Lord rest their souls in peace,” concluded the President, extending well wishes for a speedy recovery to the two soldiers injured in the accident.

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