General Francis Ogolla met his untimely demise on Thursday, April 18, in a tragic chopper crash near the border between West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet counties. Alongside several other military officials, the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) lost his life during a peacekeeping mission to the volatile region, as directed by President William Ruto in response to ongoing security concerns.

President Ruto, confirming the heartbreaking news at 8:13 PM, disclosed that General Ogolla’s visit to the area wasn’t limited to Sindar. Before the fatal accident, he had also visited troops engaged in security operations and inspected school renovations, demonstrating his commitment to addressing the region’s challenges.

On Tuesday, April 16, just two days prior to the tragic crash, General Ogolla actively participated in a military event. He joined the Defence Forces Physical Readiness Test (DFPRT) at the Ulinzi Sports Complex in Langata. This annual exercise, designed to assess the fitness levels of KDF soldiers, included a 3.2-kilometer run and push-up routines, with General Ogolla setting an example by participating alongside his troops.

During the event, General Ogolla emphasized the importance of maintaining fitness for both physical well-being and operational readiness. He lauded the Ulinzi Sports Complex as a crucial facility supporting sports development in the country and urged all KDF personnel to utilize it for individual and team training.

Earlier on April 15, General Ogolla took a moment to congratulate Hellen Obiri for her victory in the Boston Marathon, recognizing her remarkable achievement as the second Kenyan female athlete to retain the championship. His message celebrated Obiri’s success and expressed hope for her inspiration to future generations of athletes and service personnel alike.