Use rituals to find Lake Nakuru chopper crash victims: locals

Thursday November 9 2017

Lake Nakuru chopper crash.

Relatives and friends of the victims of the Lake Nakuru chopper crash wait on the shores of the lake on November 3, 2017. Some Nakuru residents and leaders have proposed use of traditional methods and rituals to recover the three missing bodies and wreckage of the chopper. PHOTO | AYUB MUIYURO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By ERIC MATARA
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Some Nakuru residents and leaders have proposed use of traditional methods and rituals to recover the three missing bodies and wreckage of the chopper that crashed in Lake Nakuru on October 21.

This comes as hopes of retrieving the remaining bodies and the wreckage of the chopper continued to dwindle and some of the divers withdrew from the search.

RITUALS

“Now that the more than 40 professional divers have not been able to find the bodies for the past two weeks, we need to employ traditional methods in the search,” posted Mr John Njuguna in a local WhatsApp group.

The idea was supported by more other residents and local leaders who suggested that elders should camp at the shores of the Lake and conduct rituals to help with the search.

Kenya Navy divers.

Kenya Navy divers resume recovery operations for the Lake Nakuru chopper crash victims on October 24, 2017. Heavy rainfall had disrupted the rescue operations. PHOTO | AYUB MUIYURO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

“We now need elders’ support in this search as it has become futile for the past two weeks. Perhaps rituals might help,” stated a local MCA who sought anonymity.