Like Moi, Kibaki, Gen Ogolla to receive 19-gun salute in full Military Honours

The Kenya Defence Forces will give the late Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General Francis Omondi Ogolla a final 19-gun salute with full military honours at the Ulinzi Sports Complex in Lang’ata on Saturday.

The ceremony will begin at 1pm and will be attended by President William Ruto, his deputy Rigathi Gachagua and other leaders, according to a statement from Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale.

This follows a post-mortem conducted at 11am on Friday at Mashujaa Funeral Home, located at the Defence Forces Memorial Hospital.

“The honours will include a church service, military parade and a 19-gun salute. A detailed programme for the ceremony will be made public as soon as it’s ready. President William

Ruto. The Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, will attend the ceremony,” Mr Duale said in a statement.

Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, senior government officials, the leadership of Parliament, the judiciary, political leaders, security sector commanders and members of the diplomatic corps will also attend the event.

The remains of General Ogolla will then be flown to Ng’iya village, Alego Usonga sub-county in Siaya County on Sunday morning for burial later in the day.

The CS added that Gen Ogolla’s final journey will be preceded by a service at his local church in Nduru.

Former Presidents Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki also received 19 gun salutes at their state funerals. The 21-gun salute is an honour reserved for the head of state, who is also the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Former presidents receive a 19-gun salute.

However, special consideration may be given to former Presidents to receive a 21-gun salute if the sitting President orders that they be buried in full military uniform in recognition of their service as Commander-in-Chief while in office.

Gen Ogolla was among the 10 officers who died in a helicopter crash on Thursday afternoon on the border between Elgeyo Marakwet and Uasin Gichu counties.

Gen Ogolla died while on a mission in the volatile Rift Valley region, which has been plagued by cattle rustling for years, in line with the Head of State’s plans to restore peace and stability in the region.

He was 62 during his death having risen through ranks to the top position in his military career.

Following his burial on Sunday, Mr Duale said the country would also hold a memorial service on Friday, April 26, 2024, at the Ulinzi Sports Complex in Lang’ata, in line with the family’s wishes.

The family said it was the General’s wish to be buried within 72 hours.

President Ruto led the country in paying tribute to the fallen heroes and announced three days of mourning.

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