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Critical questions raised hours after General Francis Ogolla’s death

In the wake of President William Ruto’s somber announcement regarding the tragic passing of Chief of Defence Forces, Francis Ogolla, a wave of questions has surged regarding the mysterious circumstances surrounding the fatal plane crash that claimed nine lives, including that of the esteemed military leader.

Addressing the issue on his X account, the outspoken Embakasi East Member of Parliament, Babu Owino, took to social media to articulate crucial inquiries while urging swift and thorough investigations into the incident.

Among the pressing questions raised by the legislator was the inquiry into the whereabouts of the West Commander at the time of the tragic occurrence, hinting at a potential gap in command and oversight during the fateful flight.

Babu Owino further queried the absence of other key military figures, such as the Defense Forces Sergeant Major and the Army Commander.

“Why was a whole CDF using one Helicopter with no 50ACB Helicopter Escort in an operation area?” Babu Owino quized.

Additionally, he scrutinized the logistical aspects of the flight, questioning the adequacy of security measures, including the absence of a designated 50ACB Helicopter Escort and the utilization of a single helicopter for such a high-profile mission.

The MP also pondered the composition of the entourage accompanying the CDF, highlighting the absence of senior officers and raising concerns about the protocols observed during the inspection visit to a school in the operation.

“Who gives parade to CDF in an operation when he is about to inspect his troops and how many Helicopters should a CDF use while visiting an operation area?” Babu Owino questioned.

President William Ruto officially confirmed the death of Chief of Defence Forces Francis Ogolla Thursday night.

The President said Ogolla passed away alongside nine other military officials in a tragic air accident at Sindar area, Kaben location, Tot division, in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

He said the accident occurred at 2.20 pm.

“I’m deeply saddened to announce the passing on of General Francis Omondi Ogolla, the Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces,” Ruto said during his address to the nation at State House, Nairobi.

The President said two military officers survived the accident and are receiving treatment in Nairobi.

The nine officers who perished alongside General Ogolla are Brig Swaleh Saidi, Col Duncan Keitany, Lt Col David Sawe,  Major George Benson Magondu (who was also the pilot), Capt Sorah Mohamed, Capt Hillary Litali,  Senior Sergeant John Kinywa Mureithi, Sergent Cliffonce Omondi and Sergent Rose Nyawira.

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