• 21 Apr 2024
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  • 〜 by Jewel Tete

Kenya investigates crash that killed military chief

Kenya’s government has sent a team to investigate the helicopter crash that killed military chief Gen Francis Ogolla and nine others.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.

Gen Ogolla was among 12 occupants of the military aircraft that went down on Thursday afternoon shortly after take off in the Sindar area on the border of West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet counties.

The bodies of those who died were flown to Nairobi and the two survivors are being treated in hospital.

The four-star general will be buried on Sunday at his home in Alego Usonga, Siaya County, his family has said.

Announcing three days of national mourning, President William Ruto said the deaths were a “moment of great sadness” for the country.

Mr Ruto described his chief military adviser as a gallant officer who had died in the line of duty.