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Kenya’s President convenes urgent security meeting after military chief involved in chopper crash

By Wycliffe Nyamasege
On 18 April 2024 at 03:17

Kenya’s President William Ruto has convened an urgent meeting of the National Security Council at State House Nairobi following a chopper crash involving the country’s Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), General Francis Ogolla.

State House Spokesperson, Hussein Mohamed confirmed the meeting in a post on X on Thursday, April 18, 2024.

“President William Ruto has convened an urgent meeting of the National Security Council at State House Nairobi this evening following a Kenya Defence Forces’ helicopter crash this afternoon in Elgeyo-Marakwet County,” Mohamed confirmed.

Police say at least five people died after the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) helicopter crashed and caught fire at the Kaben-Cheptulel border between Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot counties on Thursday afternoon.

The CDF was accompanying seven other military personnel on a trip to Kenya’s North Rift region. The cause of the crash is yet to be established.

Gen. Ogolla was sworn in as Kenya’s military boss on April 29, 2023.

He took over the CDF mantle from Gen. Robert Kibochi whose term ended after 44 years in the military.

Prior to assuming the CDF role, Ogolla served as the Commander of the Air Force and Vice Chief of Defence Forces.


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