Why KDF has postponed General Ogolla’s memorial service

The memorial service for the late Chief of Defence Forces Gen Francis Omondi Ogolla, initially planned for Friday, April 26, at the Ulinzi Sports Complex in Lang’ata, has been postponed.

In a joint statement with the late Gen Ogolla’s family, the KDF announced the postponement, citing a desire to organize the event more effectively. A new date for the memorial service will be communicated in the near future.


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The statement expressed gratitude for the support received during the state funeral on Sunday and acknowledged the immense influence Gen Ogolla had as a military leader, patriot, and family man.

Gen Ogolla was laid to rest at his home in Ng’iya, Siaya County, on Sunday, in accordance with his wishes. The burial ceremony was attended by close family, friends, military personnel, and government officials, who paid their respects and honored his memory with a 19-gun salute.


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President William Ruto, First Lady Rachael Ruto, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, and Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale were among those who laid wreaths at the gravesite.

Gen Ogolla, along with nine other military officers, tragically lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Elgeyo Marakwet County on Thursday, April 18. He is survived by his widow, Aileen Kathambi Ogolla, and two children.

The CDF had been on a mission to visit troops deployed in the North Rift under Operation Maliza Uhalifu when the helicopter accident occurred.

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