Details of General Ogolla’s funeral program

The late Chief of Defense Forces, General Francis Omondi Ogolla, will be laid to rest today, Sunday, April 21, 2024.

According to the family, General Ogolla will be buried within 72 hours of his death, according to his wishes.

The fallen general is said to have preferred a simple funeral with instructions that family members should bury him without a coffin.

Following the conclusion of a memorial service organized in his honor at the Ulinzi Complex on Saturday, the focus shifts to his home in Alego Usonga where the four-star general will be buried.

A funeral program seen by the Star indicates that the remains of the fallen general will leave the Mashujaa funeral home Embakasi garrison at exactly 6 o’clock.

The body will be flown to Kisumu and is expected to arrive at Kisumu International Airport at 8am.

The funeral service will be held at Senator Obama K’Ogello Primary School in Ng’iya Village, Siaya County.

All guests are expected to arrive at Senator Obama K’Ogello Primary School at 9am.

The body will be transported by road from the airport to Senator Obama K’Ogello’s elementary school. The expected arrival is at 9:30 am.

President William Ruto arrives at Senator Obama K’Ogello Primary School at 9.45am.

The mass recession for the General will take place from 10am to 12:55pm.

It includes opening prayers, words of welcome, eulogies and tributes by representatives of family, friends, representatives of the Church, representatives of the military and government.

During this time there will be sessions for Bible readings, sermons, family prayers, and thanksgivings and announcements.

Military rituals and funerals will follow from 1:00 PM to 1:55 PM.

This includes a procession to the grave at the general’s Mor Village in Siaya County.

There will also be a military reveille, a call traditionally used to wake soldiers for duty, but at death it is appropriated as hope for the afterlife.

This will be followed by a minute’s silence in honor of General Ogolla.

The soldier will then lead the final post, which is used at military funerals to signify that the soldier has gone to his final resting place. During this point his body will be lowered into the grave.

General Ogolla then receives a 19-gun salute.

Family members and dignitaries present will then lay wreaths on the grave of the late General Ogolla and later the soldier will perform the national anthem, bringing the funeral program to an end.

All activities are expected to end at 2:00 PM.