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Kenyan military chief killed in helicopter crash

Chief of Kenya Defense Forces General Francis Ogolla (R) speaks to Kenyan President William Ruto

Chief of Kenya Defense Forces General Francis Ogolla (R) speaks to Kenyan President William Ruto

Kenya’s military chief was among nine people killed in a helicopter crash Thursday, according to Kenyan President William Ruto.

General Francis Ogolla, Kenya’s chief of defense forces, was in the helicopter with 11 other military personnel. Two people survived the crash and are hospitalized. Shortly after takeoff, the helicopter went down in Kenya’s Rift Valley, in the country’s west, and burst into flames, local media reported.

Ruto called the incident a “tragic moment” during a news conference.

“Our motherland has lost one of her most valiant generals,” Ruto said. “The demise of General Ogolla is a painful loss to me.”

Earlier, Ruto had convened an urgent meeting of the Kenyan security council. Ogolla joined the Kenya Defense Forces in 1984, where he trained as a fighter pilot with the United States Air Force and as an instructor pilot at the Kenya Air Force, according to a Defense Ministry profile.

Ogolla ended up heading the Kenyan air force before rising to deputy military chief. Ruto promoted Ogolla to lead the military last year. At the time, Ruto accused Ogolla of taking part in an attempt to overturn the 2022 presidential election results, but said he was the most qualified person for the job.

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+1 #1 g. kasede 2024-04-19 11:25
Promoted, apointed to top position in the military & then retired into a grave. African leaders also!!!!
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+1 #2 kabayekka 2024-04-19 12:06
So then why were these Africans loading themselves up in a helicopter to go where exactly in Kenya?

Such non-guaranteed public transport must not be used these days until African governments start to improve on public transport for the whole travelling public.

Most probably these officials could not take the strain and stress many of the African public take for granted as they travel miles of very bad roads that are in disrepair and difficult to use on this African continent. Such officials should have used reliable public transport even if it needed them to stay over night in some place.

By the way colonial governments 1920/1960 used to pay overnight allowances for these VIP senior civil servants. The current civil servants even if they are Africans are not any better to be travelling by air, trains or motorcars!
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+2 #3 Lysol 2024-04-19 18:23
This brings to mind, how one Oyite Ojok was killed in a similar manner.

To these days there are those who still believe that he was killed and if he had lived, there would be no Museveni in power today. The rest is up to history to decide.
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+1 #4 kabayekka 2024-04-20 07:52
Lysol you have a point. You have made the point that many African states are governed more by African military adventurers with great medals, than civilian governments that work hard to tell great lies to the innocent mandate of these poor countries so that both can perpetually stay put in African lucrative state power!

Otherwise what are great and expensive armies for on continent Africa?
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