George Saitoti and Orwa Ojode dead in a chopper crash via softkenya.com

Posted: June 10, 2012 in Kenya legend

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Kenya’s Internal Security ministers Prof George Saitoti and Orwa Ojode and five others died when a Police chopper crashed in Kibiku area in Ngong forest at 9am on Sunday, according to police sources.

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 left early in the morning from Wilson Aiport and was headed towards Ndhiwa in Homabay County before the tragedy occured.

The scene is littered badly burned bodies recognition as police officers look shocked. Parts of the wreckage scene including pistols can be seen at the crash scene.

Military police have arrived at the scene as VIPs led AP Comanadant Kinuthia Mbugua, PPO Nairobi Area Kibuchi as staring in shock.

Also on the plane were:

Pilots

  1. Luke Oyugi
  2. Nancy Gituanja

Bodyguards

  1. Inspector Joshua Tonkei
  2. Sergeant Thomas Murimi

There is no survivor in the crash.

Kipkalya Kiprono Kones and Lorna Laboso Died on the same day – June 10, 2008

Exactly four years ago in the same gloomy weather, two former cabinet ministers, Kipkalya Kiprono Kones and Lorna Chepkemoi Laboso perished in a plane crash in Narok.

The plane carrying the two crashed on June 10, 2008 in what was later attributed to a pilot’s error.

Eye witness account

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.

“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.”

He added, “My family and I rushed to extinguish the fire but it was too late because the fire burnt everyone on board beyond recognition.”

 

Condolence

Softkenya:

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of — Prof. George Saitoti, Orwa Ojode, Pilots Nancy Gituanja and Luke Oyugi and Bodyguards Inspector Tongei and  Thomas Murimi — through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

President Mwai Kibaki

“It is with great sadness that this morning I learnt of the tragic deaths of the Minister for Internal Security and Provincial Administration Prof George Saitoti and the Assistant Minister in the ministry Hon. Orwa Ojode, their body guards and the pilot and co-pilot of the police helicopter that they were travelling in. The deaths of the six Kenyans is a devastating loss to our country.

On behalf of the Government and the people of Kenya I send my heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and relatives of the six Kenyans.

Minister Saitoti will forever be remembered as a hardworking and determined public servant who dedicated his time to the service of the Kenyan people.

Just last Friday at the Conference on Peace in Mombasa, Hon. Saitoti spoke eloquently and passionately about the many police reforms that his ministry was undertaking. He leaves behind a rich legacy of service to the country.

The Hon Orwa Ojode will be remembered for his focused approach while undertaking his duties with great zeal and determination as an Assistant Minister and the Member of Parliament for Ndhiwa Constituency.

At this moment of great national grief my prayers are with the families of those who perished.

Pilots

  1. Luke Oyugi
  2. Nancy Gituanja

Bodyguards

  1. Inspector Joshua Tonkei
  2. Sergeant Thomas Murimi

The four were hard working and committed officers of the Kenya Police Force.

It is my prayer that the Almighty God will rest the souls of the six Kenyans in eternal peace.

Raphael Tuju:

With great grief & sorrow I join Kenyans in accepting the reported sudden & untimely demise of Prof Saitoti & his Asst. Hon Orwa Ojode. My heartfelt condolences reach out to the family, relatives and friends of all those involved in the fatal crash.

Martha Karua:

I mourn my colleagues Hon Saitoti and Hon Ojode and four others my condolences and prayers to their families

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Comments
  1. lucy says:

    my condolences to the the families God knows better

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