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A memorial service for the late Chief of Defence Forces Gen Francis Omondi Ogolla scheduled for Friday 26 April 2024 at the Ulinzi Sports Complex in Lang’ata, has been postponed.

The KDF, in a joint statement with the late Gen Ogolla’s family, said a new date for the memorial service will be announced in the coming days.

The statement did not explain why the ceremony had been postponed.

“Following the overwhelming support and state burial of General Francis Ogolla, the Memorial service scheduled for Friday 26 April 2024 at the Ulinzi Sports Complex- Langata is now postponed.”

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“A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Whereas, the three-day national period of mourning has come to a close and we re-engage in life without General Francis Ogolla, collectively may we continue to pray for the family of General Ogolla and all our fallen Comrades following the helicopter crash,” the statement said.

The statement said the family had acknowledged the overwhelming support they have received including attendance at the Sunday state funeral.

“We have been reflecting on his immense influence and the far-reaching impact he had as a military General, a patriot, a national leader, a Christian and as a family man.”

“In his memory may we cherish the virtues and attributes we learnt from his life and be grateful to the Almighty Lord for the privilege to interact with him and to bear witness to his way of life,” read the statement.

Gen Ogolla was buried at his home in Ng’iya, Siaya County, on Sunday.

He was buried some minutes before 4 pm without a coffin and with only a piece of cloth covering his body as per his wish.

The final ceremony was attended only by family members, friends, members of the military, as well as current and former government officials.

Gen Ogolla was accorded a 19-gun salute similar to the late former presidents Mwai Kibaki and Daniel Moi.

Mourners observed a minute of silence in honour of the departed Kenya Defence Forces boss.

President William Ruto, First Lady Rachael Ruto, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale were among the government officials who laid wreaths at Ogolla’s gravesite.

The military chief died Thursday afternoon in a helicopter crash alongside nine other officers in Elgeyo Marakwet.

Ogolla had directed that he be buried within 72 hours of his death.

The 62-year-old is survived by his widow, Aileen Kathambi Ogolla and two children; Lorna Achieng’ Omondi and Joel Rabuku Omondi Ogolla.

Gen Ogolla and nine other military officers and servicemen died in a helicopter crash on Thursday, April 18 in the Sindar area, Kaben location, Tot division, in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

—Source: The Star 

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