With the untimely death of Prof. SaItoti, Kenya has lost yet another old lion of the political class, but this time one who was young enough to be in a key role in the current government and taken seriously as a presidential contender in the current race.
Others who perished included Pilots Luke Oyugi and Nancy Gituanja together with two bodyguards Joshua Tonkei and Thomas Murimi.
The two were heading to Orwa Ojode’s Ndhiwa Constituency for a church fundraising activity.
It is exactly four years when a chopper carrying MPs Kipkalya Kones and Lorna Laboso crashed in Narok.
According to an eye witness, the helicopter was seen diving from the sky and full of smoke before crushing and exploding into flames.
The Chopper was filled with smoke before it crashed. I heard two explosions as it went up in flames,” said Rose Kwamboka.
Another eye witness Leonard Njoroge said he saw the chopper sway one kilometre away from his homestead before it crashed between 8am and 8:30am.
The chopper crashed and exploded on impact scattering money and books and only its tail seemed intact,” he said. The plane destroyed trees as it missed my homestead.”
Sunday Nation report from Emmanual Tioli and Lucas Barasa.
h/t Opalo’s Blog