In Summary
  • Vehicle has been retrieved from the crocodile-infested Cheploch Gorge.
  • The body of the K24 TV producer Daniel Chemjor was pulled out on Thursday afternoon.
  • Chemjor, 40, who hailed from Kiboino in Baringo Central, was on paternity leave at the time of his death.

The driver of a car that plunged into Cheploch Gorge on Wednesday night has been identified as a television journalist working for Mediamax Network.

The body of the K24 TV producer Daniel Chemjor was pulled out on Thursday afternoon after his vehicle was retrieved from the gorge along River Kerio at the border of Elgeyo-Marakwet and Baringo counties.

Elgeyo-Marakwet County Commissioner Ahmed Omar has confirmed his identity.

"He was the only occupant. I suspect he was speeding because the car lost control before it hit a guard rail and plunged into the crocodile-infested gorge," said Dr Omar.

People mill around Cheploch Gorge to catch a glimpse of on November 21, 2019. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

PATERNITY LEAVE

Chemjor, 40, who hailed from Kiboino in Baringo Central, was on paternity leave at the time of his death.

He had been with a group of friends at Big 5 Club, an entertainment spot about two kilometres from the scene of the accident.

Joseph Kurui, the club's manager, said Chemjor left at around 11pm.

"He left in high spirits insisting that he was late home. I do not think he was speeding because he had not taken any alcohol," said Mr Kurui.

Joseph Kiptegen, Chemjor’s uncle, said he began his leave on November 10 and was about to resume work in Nairobi.

"It's sad that we have lost such an industrious, hardworking man. Daniel was on a paternity leave and he was preparing to resume work," said Mr Kiptegen.

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