Why Kenya’s late Chief of Defence Forces Ogolla’s body was Carried in a Ksh6,800 coffin

General Francis Ogolla’s son, Joel Omondi, made an announcement regarding his father’s funeral arrangements during a gathering at the Ulinzi Sports Complex Stadium in Lang’ata on Saturday, April 20, 2024. He conveyed that, in accordance with his father’s expressed wishes in his will, the late Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) would be laid to rest wrapped in sheets rather than in a traditional casket.

In his address to the assembled mourners, Joel drew a parallel between his father’s burial and that of Jesus Christ, emphasizing the symbolism of returning to the earth swiftly. He explained that the decision to forego an elaborate casket was aligned with his father’s preference for a modest farewell, given that his spirit had departed.

Joel remarked on the simplicity of the current casket, describing it as unadorned and inexpensive. He highlighted that such extravagance was unnecessary now that General Ogolla’s essence had departed, emphasizing the significance of honoring his service to the nation with a dignified but humble ceremony.

Regarding speculations about his father’s religious affiliation, Joel clarified that the decision to wrap him in sheets was not influenced by any religious considerations. Instead, he referenced Jesus’ own burial in a similar manner, emphasizing the universal symbolism of returning to the earth in humility.

General Ogolla, who tragically lost his life on Thursday, April 18, 2024, will be laid to rest the following day as per his wishes.

President William Ruto addressed the press later in the day, providing details of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of General Ogolla and several other military personnel. The incident occurred at approximately 2:20 pm in the Sindar area of Elgeyo Marakwet County. President Ruto expressed deep sorrow at the loss of General Ogolla and the other victims, identifying them by name and acknowledging the grief felt by the nation.