Odinga Dismisses Claims of Late General Ogolla's Attempt to Overturn 2022 Election

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga defends late General Ogolla, denies claims he tried to overturn Ruto's 2022 election win. Ruto appointed Ogolla as CDF despite calls not to, citing his experience.

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Odinga Dismisses Claims of Late General Ogolla's Attempt to Overturn 2022 Election

Odinga Dismisses Claims of Late General Ogolla's Attempt to Overturn 2022 Election

At a memorial service held in Nairobi on April 20, 2024, opposition leader Raila Odinga addressed allegations surrounding the late Chief of Defence Forces General Francis Ogolla and his alleged involvement in attempting to overturn the 2022 presidential election victory of William Ruto. Odinga called upon President Ruto to dispel such claims, asserting that Ogolla was a man of integrity who would not have interfered with the election results.

President Ruto had previously stated that General Ogolla was among those who tried to overturn his victory in the 2022 election. However, Ruto appointed Ogolla as the Chief of Defence Forces in April 2023, citing his qualifications and merit for the position. Ruto revealed that he had a one-on-one meeting with Ogolla, where the general admitted his actions were wrong and offered three options: facing a court martial, retiring, or seeking forgiveness. Despite calls from his inner circle not to reward Ogolla, Ruto chose to appoint him based on his experience in security matters.

Tragically, General Francis Ogolla lost his life in a helicopter crash on April 18, 2024. The late general is set to be laid to rest on Sunday at his home in Siaya County. Odinga mourned Ogolla as a Kenyan patriot and called for a thorough investigation into the cause of the fatal crash.

Why this matters: The allegations surrounding General Ogolla's alleged attempt to overturn the 2022 presidential election results have significant implications for Kenya's political landscape and the integrity of its democratic processes. The public statements made by opposition leader Raila Odinga and President William Ruto shed light on the complex dynamics and decision-making processes within the government, particularly in the aftermath of a closely contested election.

During the memorial service, Odinga emphasized his belief in Ogolla's character, stating, "General Ogolla was a man of integrity who believed in the Kenyan dream of justice and democracy. He would never have contemplated going to the Bomas of Kenya to force the electoral commission chairman to alter the election results." Odinga's dismissal of the claims against Ogolla and his call for President Ruto to dispel the allegations underscore the importance of maintaining public trust in key institutions and figures, especially during times of political transition and uncertainty.

Key Takeaways

  • Raila Odinga defends late General Ogolla's integrity, denies election interference.
  • Ruto appointed Ogolla as CDF despite calls not to, citing his qualifications.
  • Ogolla admitted wrongdoing, offered options, but Ruto still appointed him.
  • Ogolla died in a helicopter crash, Odinga calls for investigation.
  • Allegations against Ogolla have implications for Kenya's democratic processes.