General Francis Ogolla, the Chief of Defence Forces, has revealed that he had to resign from his golf club membership as soon as he was given the position.
He claimed that in order to fulfill his mandate effectively, he had to give up playing golf.
Despite his love of golf, General Ogolla stated in a Wednesday interview with KBC that he believed it was time to concentrate on his role as head of the armed forces.
This is the first time Ogolla spoke after his appointment. Ogolla was sworn in as the new Chief of Defence Forces in late April.
”I used to love golf but the day I was appointed the Chief of Defence Forces, I had to put my golf club duties aside and decided to focus on the job wholeheartedly,” he said.
According to the CDF, the goal was to devote all of his energy to serving the nation. He claimed that he runs with the military soldiers to stay in shape, but he cherishes his alone time.
”When I get 2, 3 hours a day to be by myself, to reflect, I appreciate that so much,” Ogolla said.
He did, however, add that he would like to leave a lasting legacy and that he knows Kenyans will judge him when he steps down from the position.
”I want to leave an effective military, respected and someone who will be able to deliver on his mission, whenever and wherever,” he said.
President William Ruto on May 14 said that while he had over 10 choices on who to appoint as CDF, he settled on Ogolla consciously because of his track record and rich experience.