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General Francis Ogolla: The first Kenyan military chief to die in office

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Gen Ogolla was among 12 occupants of the military aircraft that went down on Thursday afternoon shortly after takeoff in the north-west of the country.

The bodies of those who died were flown to Nairobi and the two survivors are being treated in hospital.

The four-star general will be buried on Sunday at his home in western Siaya County, his family has said.

Announcing three days of national mourning, President William Ruto said the deaths were a “moment of great sadness” for the country.

Gen Ogolla was appointed Kenya’s Chief of Defence Forces in April last year.

Mr Ruto described his chief military adviser as a gallant officer who had died in the line of duty.

“Our motherland has lost one of her most valiant generals, gallant officers, service men and women,” Mr Ruto told the nation. Gen Ogolla first joined the Kenya Defence Forces on 24 April 1984, according to the Kenyan defence ministry’s website.

He was due to mark 40 years in the military next week.

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