General Francis Ogolla’s Biography, Career, Awards, Wife And Children

Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), General Francis Ogolla, tragically passed away on Thursday, the 18th, following a fatal helicopter crash in Tot, Elgeyo Marakwet County. President William Ruto made the solemn announcement at State House in Nairobi, revealing that alongside General Ogolla, nine other military officers perished in the accident, with only one survivor.

Born in Siaya County on February 12, 1962, Ogolla embarked on his journey with the Kenya Defence Forces on May 2, 1984, as an Officer Cadet. He earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant on May 3, 1985, and later underwent pilot training at Moi Air Base.

Throughout his distinguished career, General Ogolla held various significant roles in command, staff, and training capacities. Notably, he served as the Commanding Officer of the Laikipia Air Base Tactical Flight Wing in 2007 and subsequently as the Base Commander of Laikipia Air Base from 2008 to 2014.

His career progression saw him ascend through the ranks, attaining the rank of Brigadier on April 10, 2012, when he was appointed Deputy Air Chief Marshal. Later, on July 13, 2018, he was promoted to Major General and assumed command of the Kenya Air Force. Continuing his trajectory, he was elevated to the rank of Lieutenant General on July 23, 2018, becoming the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces. Eventually, on April 28, 2023, he reached the pinnacle of his career, being promoted to the rank of General and assuming the role of Chief of Defence Forces.

General Francis Omondi Ogolla’s exemplary service was duly recognized with several prestigious awards, including the Moran of the Golden Heart (MGH), Elder of the Burning Spars, and Head of State Commendation.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Aileen Kathambi Ogolla, and their two children, Lorna Achieng Omondi and Joel Rabuku Omondi Ogolla. Additionally, he leaves behind a daughter-in-law, Muthoni Njenga Mwaura, and a grandson named Taji Mbarara.