Details On Francis Ogolla’s Tribe and Ethnicity

By Chakku HaruPublished on: April 19, 2024 Updated on: April 28, 2024
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General Francis Ogolla, who tragically passed away in a chopper crash on April 18, 2024, was a distinguished member of the Luo tribe from the former Nyanza Province in Kenya.

The Luo community is Kenya’s fourth-largest ethnic group, renowned for its rich cultural heritage and significant contributions to the country’s socio-political landscape. Originating from the Nile Valley, they are primarily settled along the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya. The Luo are known for their distinct language, Dholuo, and maintain deeply rooted traditions and customs, such as the practice of “ter,” a form of inheritance where a man inherits the widow of his brother. This community has also produced prominent Kenyan leaders and intellectuals, including Barack Obama Sr., the father of the former U.S. President, Barack Obama, and Raila Odinga, a key figure in Kenyan politics.

Francis was 61 when he died in a military helicopter crash in a remote area of the country. Two officers, including the pilot, survived the crash. President William Ruto stated, “Today at 2:20 PM, our nation suffered a tragic air accident… I am deeply saddened to announce the passing of General Francis Omondi Ogolla.”

He is survived by his wife Aileen, two children, and a grandson.

Professional Life: From Sky Warrior to Kenya’s Top General

He had a distinguished career in the Kenya Defence Forces, where he rose through the ranks to become a prominent military leader. Joining the Kenya Air Force as a second lieutenant in 1985 after being commissioned, he trained both locally and abroad, including at the prestigious École Militaire in Paris.

Ogolla was the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF)
Francis. (Image: Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Ogolla specialized as a fighter pilot and served in various capacities including Chief Flying Instructor and Commanding Officer of the Tactical Fighter Wing. His leadership extended to roles such as the Base Commander of Laikipia Air Base and Deputy Commander of the Kenya Air Force.

His professional journey peaked when he was appointed as the Vice Chief of Defence Forces and later as the Commander of the Kenya Air Force, before ultimately being promoted to Chief of Defence Forces in 2021.

Besides, Ogolla’s educational background was equally impressive, featuring a stint at the prestigious École Militaire de Paris and degrees in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Nairobi.

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