Francis Ogolla: Daughter Of KDF Boss Killed In Chopper Crash Mourns Him In Painful Post

Francis Ogolla: Daughter Of KDF Boss Killed In Chopper Crash Mourns Him In Painful Post

  • Lorna Omondi Ogolla joined Kenyans in mourning the shocking loss of Kenya's Chief of Defence Forces, Francis Ogolla
  • The mourning daughter shared a throwback photo of her father, who was in the company of president William Samoei Ruto and King Charles III
  • She hailed her father as a pursuer of excellence and a man who taught with his actions and not words

It is a gloomy evening for Kenyans and the family of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Chief General Francis Ogolla.

Lorna Omondi Ogolla (l), daughter of Francis Ogolla, during an outdoor moment. Chief of Defence Forces Ogolla (l), who died in a chopper crash.
The daughter of Chief of Defence Forces Francis Ogolla (r), Lorna Omondi Ogolla (l), looking stunning during an outdoor session. Photo: Lorna Omondi Ogolla.
Source: UGC

The decorated general of the armed forces passed away on Thursday, April 18, following a chopper crash.

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His daughter, Lorna Omondi Ogolla, was as broken as many Kenyans as she took to social media to mourn the loss of her father.

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"My father. Pursuer of excellence.
The most empathetic and effective leader and statesman died in a chopper crash in West Pokot. Doing what he did best for the better part of the last 40 years - trying to keep Kenya safe," part of the post shared on LinkedIn by a broken Omondi read.

Photo of William Ruto and King Charles III

She said that one day, she would narrate the beautiful stories of how his father taught "with his actions and not with his words".

The young lady shared a throwback photo of his father in the company of the current president of Kenya, William Samoei Ruto.

He walked with King Charles III on the red carpet during his four-day State visit to Kenya in October 2023.

Social media reactions

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Netizens headed to the comment section to pen condolence messages to Omondi, encouraging her with their words.

Con Omore Osendo:

"This breaks my heart. I've been waiting for some positive news from the State House. May God comfort you and your family and give you strength. We honour and salute your father. A man who served with great diligence and sacrifice."

John N.:

"Deepest condolences. General was a dedicated man."

Stephen Kasera:

"May God's transcending peace be with you and your family at this difficult moment, Lorna. Rest easy, Gen."

Odima Tonny:

"We have lost a great, great, great man!!!! Hit hard indeed. Kenya is mourning."

Kenyans mourn death of Francis Ogolla

Elsewhere, Kenyans trooped to various social media platforms to register concern after learning that Ogolla was involved in a plane crash.

Reports indicated that authorities confirmed the loss of five individuals in the devastating accident, while three individuals managed to survive.

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Elgeyo-Marakwet County Commandant Peter Mulinge said the three survivors were airlifted by another KDF aircraft.

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One of the new trains set to ply the Tema-Mpakadan rail line has been involved in an accident.

Railways Minister Peter Amewu confirmed the accident to the media and noted the train crashed into a truck.

The train was on a test run when the accident occurred, but no casualties are reported to have occurred.

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