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Ruto orders Kenyan flag to be flown at half-mast in honour of the late CDF Francis Ogolla


President William Ruto has declared a national period of mourning in honor of the late Chief of Defence Forces General Francis Ogolla and the other military personnel who tragically lost their lives in the helicopter crash. Beginning tomorrow, April 19th, all military, East African Community, and national flags across the country will be flown at half-mast for three days.

This solemn gesture serves as a poignant reminder of the nation’s deep sorrow and pays tribute to the dedication, service, and sacrifice of General Ogolla and his fellow military colleagues. The entire nation joins together in mourning this profound loss and stands in solidarity with the families and loved ones of those affected by this tragic incident.

The term ‘half-mast’ or ‘half-staff’ refers to the practice of flying a flag at a position below the top of a flagpole or ship’s mast. This symbolic gesture is commonly used in many countries to demonstrate respect, mourning, or remembrance for individuals who have passed away. By lowering the flag from its usual position at the top of the mast, it serves as a visible and solemn tribute to honor the deceased.

In the context of Kenya’s current national mourning period following the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Chief of Defence Forces General Francis Ogolla and other military personnel. This gesture reflects the nation’s collective grief and pays homage to the service, sacrifice, and legacy of those who lost their lives in the line of duty.


The tragic plane crush has robbed the country these legends.May their soul rest in peace.

1. CDF Francis Ogolla

2. Brig. Swaleh Saidi

3. Col. Duncan Keitany

4.. Lt. Col. David Sawe

5. Major George Benson Magondu (who was also the pilot).

6. Capt. Sora Mohamed

7. Capt. Hillary Litali

8. Senior Sergeant John Kinywa Mureithi

9. Sgt. Cliffonce Omondi

10. Sgt. Rose Nyawira.




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