Ruto lands in Siaya for General Ogolla’s funeral service

President William Ruto has arrived at Senator Obama K’Ogello Primary School in Siaya for the funeral service of the late Chief of Defense Forces (CDF), General Francis Ogolla.

Ruto arrived at the venue at 9.50am accompanied by first lady Rachel Ruto.

Upon arrival, the Head of State was received by senior military officers and several top government officials, including Principal Secretary of the Interior Raymond Omollo.

He was then led to a VIP tent.

Azimio leaders have also arrived at the site.

Among them are Martha Karua, Mwangi wa Iria and George Wakackoya.

The body of the late Ogolla is currently being transported by road from Kisumu to the site.

According to a daily program, the mass recession for the general will take place from 10 a.m. to 12.55 p.m.

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.