leaders in Kisumu Mourn General Francis Ogolla as humble, patriotic and dedicated man of the people

Leaders from Kisumu County, alongside fellow Kenyans, have united to honor the memory of the late Chief of Defence Forces, Francis Ogolla.

Under the guidance of Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o, the leaders expressed their sentiments towards Ogolla, describing him as a dedicated servant of the people, known for his patriotism and humility.

Governor Nyong’o expressed regret that Ogolla, who was scheduled to visit him on April 19, 2024, passed away unexpectedly the day before the planned meeting.

“On behalf of my family and the Kisumu County residents, I extend heartfelt condolences to General Ogolla’s family, colleagues, and the Kenya Defence Forces,” Nyong’o conveyed. “We mourn the loss of a remarkable individual. May his soul rest in eternal peace, and may God provide solace to Kenya.”

Ogolla’s demise occurred tragically in a helicopter crash in Sindar, Elgeyo Marakwet County, claiming the lives of nine other senior military officers.

Governor Nyong’o lamented Ogolla’s untimely death, recognizing him as one of the nation’s finest soldiers and pilots, whose loss is deeply felt, particularly considering his prime years of service.

He called for a thorough investigation into the air accident that led to Ogolla’s demise, emphasizing the importance of accountability.

Fred Outa, nominee for Kenyan Ambassador to Egypt, echoed Nyong’o’s sentiments, praising Ogolla’s industriousness and integrity. Outa recalled their interactions and discussions on defense matters during his tenure as the chair of the National Security, Defense, and Foreign Relations Committee in the 12th Parliament of the Senate.

Outa emphasized Ogolla’s dedication to his duties throughout his career, highlighting his professionalism and commitment to serving the nation.

Kisumu Central MP Joshua Oron described Ogolla’s death as a significant loss for the nation, expressing solidarity with Ogolla’s family and loved ones during this period of mourning.

Similarly, Kisumu Woman Representative Ruth Odinga commended Ogolla’s exemplary leadership within the Kenya Defence Forces, emphasizing his unwavering dedication to the nation and his embodiment of patriotism, honesty, and professionalism.

She extended her condolences to the families of the other KDF members who perished in the tragic accident, offering her thoughts and prayers during this challenging time.