President Ruto announces death of KDF chief Francis Ogolla in chopper crash

By Miriam Mkanaka , The Guardian
Published at 09:55 PM Apr 18 2024
Chief of Defence Forces Francis Ogolla.
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Chief of Defence Forces Francis Ogolla.

President William Ruto has announced the death of Chief of Defence Forces Francis Ogolla in a helicopter crash on Thursday afternoon.

Addressing the press in the evening, President Ruto said the military chopper crashed at the Sindar area in Elgeyo Marakwet County at around 2:20pm.  

  "Today, at 2:20pm, our nation suffered a tragic air accident in Sindar area, Keben location, Tot division, in Elgeyo Marakwet County. I am deeply saddened to announce the passing on of General Francis Omondi Ogolla, the Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces," he said.    

The Head of State went on to announce that the ill-fated helicopter was also carrying 11 other military officers, nine of whom were killed alongside CDF Ogolla in the crash, leaving only two survivors.    

The deceased were; Brigadier Swale Saidi, Colonel Duncan Keittany, Lieutenant Colonel David Sawe, Major George Benson Magondu (Pilot), Captain Sora Mohamed, Captain Hillary Litali,Senior Sergeant John Kinyua Mureithi, Sergeant Cliphonce Omondi, and Sergeant Rose Nyawira.

“I convey my deepest condolences to all families that are grieving this untimely loss, and our mourning nation as well. I also wish quick recovery to the two injured soldiers in this accident who are now in accident,” stated the President.

Source:Nation kenya, CitizenkenyaDigital