Following the tragic helicopter crash that killed Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Francis Ogolla, Brigadier (Rtd) Ahamed Mohammed has shed light on the smooth transition process within the military ranks that will lead to the selection of his successor.

On Tuesday, on Citizen TV's The Explainer Show, Mohammed explained the succession protocol, which is similar to military promotions and appointments, highlighting that it begins with the Defense Council, which Defence Minister Aden Duale chairs.

The council will then advise President William Ruto, the Commander-in-Chief, to appoint a new CDF of his choosing.

"In line with all military promotions and appointments, it will start from the Defense Council , chaired by the Minister which will then advise the Commander in Chief and he will at the right time make that appointment," said Mohammed.

"The appointment is made at the pleasure of the commander in chief, he has no time limit. When he feels appropriate, he will take that action."

Mohammed also addressed concerns that Ogolla's position remains vacant, stating that Vice-Chief of Defence Forces Lt. Gen. Charles Muriu Kahariri automatically assumed Ogolla's corner office following his death, albeit in an acting capacity.

"There is no vacuum in the office of the CDF and this is something that applies to all military operation situations. The deputy or the second in command assumes the position automatically. So that vacancy is filled and ready for any action that may be required.," he said.

"Our customs and traditions and orders all address this and when it happens, the person is never told you are in charge, the deputy, assumes command automatically."

On Sunday afternoon, Ogolla, who died with nine other military personnel, was laid to rest at his home in Ng'iya, Siaya County.

General Ogolla was buried a few minutes before 4 p.m. without a coffin, only a piece of cloth covering his body as per his request.

The final ceremony was only attended by family members, friends, military personnel, and current and former government officials.

Ogolla received a 19-gun salute, similar to the late former presidents Mwai Kibaki and Daniel Moi. Mourners observed a minute of silence in memory of the late Kenya Defence Forces chief.