My father's four 'loves': CDF General Ogolla's son, Joel in tribute

r [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Chief of Defence Forces General Francis Omondi Ogolla was many things, as was his servicemanship.

His son, Joel Omondi Rabuku in his tribute that would gesture a standing ovation on Saturday, April 20 at the Ulinzi Sports Complex in Lang’ata, Nairobi, said General Ogolla lived his life by four key principles.

That of his love for God, as he would always carry a bible with him, the love of his soldiers and family, and his love for reading and playing golf.

So great was CDF General Ogolla’s love for the country, that he died in the line of duty, his son, Rabuku said, urging the Defence Forces to continue his father’s fight against Al-Shabaab, banditry and terrorism.  

“Msikubali kuogopa Al-shabaab. Msiangushe clique. Lima adui…” said Rabuku, adding: “My father’s ultimate dream was to have a peaceful Kenya.”

His worst days, Rabuku remembered, was when KDF soldiers were hit. He would tell his family; “I must fight this Al-shabaab fully.”

Rabuku also hinted at CDF general Ogolla’s premonition, suggesting he knew his time was up.

“Leading up to his death, he almost knew his time was up. He spoke in a manner that suggested he won’t always be here. He told me to take care of his wife.”

General Ogolla was also a respectful person, and avoided a show of opulence. It is for the reason that he wished to be buried within 72 hopurs of his death.

“The casket only cost Sh6,800. Tomorrow he will be wrapped in sheets, and laid to rest on the ground without a coffin, just as he wanted,” said Rabuku.

CDF General Ogolla's medals of honor, boots, and a Kenyan flag were draped on the casket during memorial service at Ulinzi Sports Complex.

He will be buried tomorrow at his Ngi’ya home in Siaya County.

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