President William Ruto Pays Tribute to Late General Francis Ogolla, Calls for National Unity and Meritocracy


In a poignant address to the nation, President William Ruto delivered a heartfelt tribute to the late General Francis Omondi Ogolla, emphasizing the values of unity, meritocracy, and patriotism that defined the esteemed military leader’s legacy.

President Ruto, alongside a somber audience, reflected on the profound belief shared by himself and General Ogolla in the will of God. Despite the incomprehensibility of the timing and manner of the General’s passing, President Ruto affirmed his unwavering acceptance of God’s will and the conviction that General Ogolla’s departure, though untimely to human understanding, was perfect in the divine plan.

Highlighting General Ogolla’s exceptional leadership qualities, President Ruto reiterated his unwavering confidence in his decision to appoint the late General as Chief of Defence Forces, regardless of the foreknowledge of his premature passing. The President praised General Ogolla’s visionary transformation agenda for the Kenya Defence Forces, urging his successors to honor his legacy by continuing his work of modernization and professionalism.

In a poignant appeal to the citizens of Kenya, President Ruto emphasized the principles of equality and meritocracy, championed by General Ogolla throughout his illustrious career. He called upon every Kenyan to pursue their dreams with confidence, assured that opportunities in the nation are solely determined by merit and dedication, rather than tribal affiliations.

President Ruto emphasized the importance of upholding integrity and professionalism in all sectors of society, echoing General Ogolla’s commitment to serving the nation with utmost dedication and without discrimination. He denounced tribalism as retrogressive, unconstitutional, and contrary to the values of unity and inclusivity enshrined in the Kenyan constitution.

In conclusion, President Ruto urged all Kenyans to emulate General Ogolla’s exemplary life, striving to be the best versions of themselves and making positive contributions to the nation. He emphasized the importance of love for country and service to the people, transcending boundaries of tribe or ethnicity.

As the nation mourns the loss of a revered leader, President Ruto’s tribute serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring legacy of General Francis Ogolla and the values that unite the people of Kenya in pursuit of a brighter future.

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