Francis Ogolla's sister Peris Onyango

The late General Francis Ogolla’s sister Peris Onyango has revealed three things she was told by her brother before his death.


Speaking at his burial ceremony in Siaya, Peris mentioned that it was her brother’s wish to be buried within 72 hours of his death.

She also mentioned that Ogolla instructed that his wife should be taken on vacation fully paid by the KDF.


 Onyango also said his brother reminded him that a soldier could die anytime.


“He told me a soldier can die anytime. So he said, If I die, I want to be buried within 48 hours but I said what do you mean? He said, I know you will give them problems, so I am adding you more hours. Let it be 72 hours,” she said.

Onyango further revealed that Ogolla took her to the site at his home where we wanted to be buried.


“He told me this is where I want to be buried,” she said.

She further revealed that Ogolla’s third wish was for his wife Aileen to go on holiday when he dies.

“He said jeshi (army) should give mama Achieng’ money to go on holiday. Jeshi, you have work to do now,” she added.

Onyango further said Ogolla was the favorite child in the family.

“He was a special child in our family. Mother loved him more than us. We were beaten for small mistakes but he was never touched,” she added.

Onyango described his brother as a kind, loyal, and dedicated man who did everything to perfection.

“He was a servant leader who walked the talk and did the best in his Christian life,” she added.

Ogolla was among the 10 officers who died in a helicopter crash on Thursday on the border between Elgeyo Marakwet and Uasin Gichu counties.

They were on a peace mission in the troubled Rift Valley region, which has been plagued by cattle rustling and banditry.

The country will also hold a memorial service on Friday, April 26, 2024, at the Ulinzi Sports Complex in Lang’ata, in line with the family’s wishes.