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Breaking News- Chopper carrying CDF Francis Ogolla crashes in West-Pokot

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A military helicopter carrying Kenya’s Chief of Defence Forces, General Francis Ogolla, crashed on Thursday afternoon near the Kaben-Cheptulel border, located between Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot counties.

According to reports, nine people were on board the aircraft at the time of the incident.

Developing Story: Further details regarding the cause of the crash and the condition of those onboard are awaited. This is a developing story, and we will provide updates as they become available.

Francis Ogolla Biography

President William Ruto elevated Lieutenant General Francis Omondi Ogolla to full General and appointed him the new Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) on April 28th last year.

General Ogolla assumes the role of the military’s top leader and the President’s principal military advisor.

Following the Rotation System

This appointment adheres to the “Tonje Rules” established by former Chief of Staff General Daudi Tonje. These rules ensure a rotating leadership structure, providing equal opportunities for the Army, Navy, and Air Force to head the Kenyan military. General Kibochi, the previous CDF, came from the Army, succeeding General Mwathethe from the Navy. This system promotes fairness and a balanced approach to leadership within the defense forces.

A Distinguished Career Takes Flight

General Ogolla, a highly respected senior officer, boasts an impressive career path. Enlisting in 1984, he commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1985 and joined the Air Force as a fighter pilot. Throughout his service, he earned promotions and tackled demanding assignments. His training as a fighter pilot and instructor with the US Air Force, along with expertise in imagery intelligence, counter-terrorism, and accident investigation, exemplifies his dedication to continuous learning and professional development.

A Well-Educated Leader

General Ogolla’s academic background is equally diverse. He holds a Diploma in International Studies and Military Science, a First Class Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Armed Conflict, and Peace Studies, and a Master of Arts in International Studies. His educational pursuits further demonstrate his well-rounded qualifications for this significant leadership role.

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