President William Ruto expressed his beliefs about the will of God alongside the late General Francis Omondi Ogolla. Even though they may not always understand it, they firmly believed in accepting and obeying God’s will without question, doubt, or hesitation. Despite their limited understanding, they acknowledged that God’s timing, place, and manner of the General’s passing were according to His plan. To them, General Ogolla’s departure seemed premature, occurring only a year after reaching the peak of his career and shortly before his anticipated retirement. However, they accepted that God’s timing was perfect for the General’s departure from this world.

President Ruto Pays Tribute to General Ogolla
President Ruto Pays Tribute to General Ogolla

President Ruto reflected on his decision to appoint General Ogolla as Chief of Defence Forces, emphasizing that even if he had known of the General’s short tenure, he would not have hesitated in his choice. He regarded General Ogolla as an exceptional leader whose caliber warranted his appointment, and he stands by his decision without regrets. The President highlighted General Ogolla’s enduring legacy—a vision for the transformation of Kenya’s defence forces—and expressed his hope that future leadership would honor this vision in tribute to the General’s patriotism and professionalism.

Using General Ogolla’s life as an example, President Ruto addressed all Kenyan citizens, emphasizing the importance of equal opportunity for every individual regardless of their background. He stressed the need for every citizen to pursue their dreams with confidence, knowing that merit, not other considerations, should determine access to opportunities in the nation. President Ruto emphasized his confidence in General Ogolla’s ability to safeguard the nation, regardless of his origins or ethnicity, based solely on his qualifications and dedication. He urged all professionals in Kenya to emulate General Ogolla’s example by striving for excellence, making positive contributions, and serving the country without discrimination.