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President Ruto: Gen Ogolla served nation with admirable commitment

President William Ruto

President William Ruto mourned Chief of Defence Forces the late Francis Ogolla as a man who served his nation with admirable commitment, providing excellent command leadership of the Kenya Defence Forces.

Speaking during the Memorial Service of the late General Ogolla, President Ruto noted that Gen Ogolla was always clear-minded on the strategies the military could execute and the growth of the Kenya Defence Forces.

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“He greatly contributed to modernizing the Kenya Defence Forces with exceptional insights and perspectives on strategic matters.“ The Head of State noted.

Adding that: “He was passionate about the welfare of the soldiers, especially those in operational areas.“

The President acknowledged his selfless nature saying he was aware that off-duty, General Ogolla was involved in various services for the benefit of the community, including youth motivation and guidance.


Last year, on December 9th, 2023, General Francis Ogolla gifted President Ruto a framed photograph.

President narrated how on one side of the gift was a biblical verse inscribed from the book of Isaiah Chapter 41: verse 10, presented in beautiful calligraphy: “Fear thou not, for I am with thee; Be not dismayed, for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee, I will help thee, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

He went on to say that on the other side of the photo was a map of Kenya, with multiple silhouettes of soldiers in diverse military roles.

“It was a thoughtful gift that embodied General Ogolla’s personality as a patriot, a gallant General, a Christian, and a visionary leader. He understood the value of defence for national tranquillity and the obligations of the office of the Chief of the Defence Forces towards national prosperity.“ President said.

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