Kenyan Leaders Demand Investigation into Military Plane Crash That Killed General Ogolla

Kenyan leaders demand thorough investigation into military plane crash that killed top general, raising concerns about transparency and past suspicious deaths of leaders.

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Kenyan Leaders Demand Investigation into Military Plane Crash That Killed General Ogolla

Kenyan Leaders Demand Investigation into Military Plane Crash That Killed General Ogolla

Kenyan leaders are calling for a thorough investigation within three months into the military plane crash that killed General Francis Ogolla, the Chief of Defence Forces, and nine other officers on Thursday in West Pokot while they were on duty.

In addition to General Ogolla, the other victims were Colonel Duncan Keittany, Lieutenant Colonel David Sawe, Major George Benson Magondu (the pilot), Captain Hillary Litali, Senior Sergeant John Kinyua Mureithi, Sergeant Cliphonce Omondi, and Sergeant Rose Nyawira.

President William Ruto has stated that the investigation should leave no shroud of doubt about the cause of the crash. "There will be nothing to hide. The investigation will be conducted professionally and independently by the Kenya Air Force," Ruto assured the public.

Several opposition leaders, including Siaya Senator Oburu Odinga, Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Narc Kenya Party leader Martha Karua, and Siaya governor James Orengo, have echoed the calls for a public investigation. They emphasized the need for the truth to come out, drawing parallels to the controversial deaths of Tom Mboya and Robert Ouko.

Why this matters: The tragic loss of General Ogolla and the other military officers has raised concerns about the safety and condition of Kenya's military equipment. The incident has also reignited discussions about past assassinations and suspicious deaths of prominent Kenyan leaders, underscoring the importance of transparency and accountability in investigations.

At General Ogolla's burial ceremony, Senator Oburu Odinga urged Ogolla's son, Joel Rabuku, to allow the investigations to proceed, stating that the region has had many such accidents and assassinations of leaders in the past.

President Ruto paid tribute to General Ogolla, praising his leadership qualities and integrity. Ruto also vowed to end the era of extrajudicial killings and political assassinations in Kenya, pledging to open a new chapter where every Kenyan is given a chance based on merit.

Key Takeaways

  • Kenyan leaders call for probe into military plane crash that killed 10 officers.
  • President Ruto promises transparent, independent investigation by Kenya Air Force.
  • Opposition leaders echo calls for public investigation, draw parallels to past deaths.
  • Crash raises concerns about military equipment safety and past assassinations.
  • Ruto vows to end extrajudicial killings, pledges meritocracy for all Kenyans.