Senator Kihika speaks about staff in helicopter crash

Wednesday October 25 2017

HELICOPtER CRASH

Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika in a sombre mood at Lake Nakuru National Park on October 25, 2017 during the search of passengers who went missing after a helicopter crashed into Lake Nakuru. She also condoled with the families. PHOTO | MAGDALENE WANJA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By MAGDALENE WANJA
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Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika has opened up for the first time about three of her staff who were in the helicopter that crashed into Lake Nakuru on Saturday.

"Following the unfortunate incident last Saturday, [my] most sincere hope was that we would at least have survivors," she said on Wednesday.

PRAYER

The helicopter had five passengers aboard; two bodies have been recovered.

The chopper was to be used during a Jubilee campaign rally in Narok on the same day.

Ms Kihika said that "I have deliberately avoided making any statement in the sincere hope that a miracle might happen".

YOUTH

One of the bodies was of Mr Anthony Kipyegon who worked in her media team and the other of the pilot, Mr Apollo Malowa.

"This misfortune is not only a loss to the families and friends but to the country, which has lost young, energetic, focused, passionate and promising souls," she said as she sent condolences to the families.

"I have seen the pain of loss in your eyes and I promise we will continue being together in this difficult time."

SEARCH MISSION
The search is ongoing and it comprises divers from Kenya Police, Kenya Red Cross and Kenya Wildlife Service and the Sonko Rescue Team.

Ms Kihika expressed hope that the search would be concluded soon so that the affected families can find closure.